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  • Audio CD (Nov. 16 1994)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Universal Music Group
  • ASIN: B0000041AQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,443 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony In C Minor, Hob. I:95: 1. Allegro moderato
2. Symphony In C Minor, Hob. I:95: 2. Andante
3. Symphony In C Minor, Hob. I:95: 3. Menuetto
4. Symphony In C Minor, Hob. I:95: 4. Finale. Vivace
5. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:98: 1. Adagio - Allegro
6. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:98: 2. Adagio
7. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:98: 3. Menuetto. Allegro
8. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:98: 4. Finale. Presto
9. Symphony In D, Hob. I:104: 1. Adagio - Allegro
10. Symphony In D, Hob. I:104: 2. Andante
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Disc: 2
1. Symphony In D, Hob. I:96: 1. Adagio - Allegro
2. Symphony In D, Hob. I:96: 2. Andante
3. Symphony In D, Hob. I:96: 3. Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Symphony In D, Hob. I:96: 4. Finale. Vivace assai
5. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:102: 1. Largo - Vivace
6. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:102: 2. Adagio
7. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:102: 3. Menuetto, Allegro
8. Symphony In B Flat, Hob. I:102: 4. Finale, Presto
9. Symphony In E Flat, Hob. I:103: 1. Adagio - Allegro con sirito
10. Symphony In E Flat, Hob. I:103: 2. Andante piu tosto allegretto
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Someone once commented on the "sulphurous devilishness" of Haydn's surprises in the London symphonies. But it should come as no surprise that one of the best recordings of these works is from Sir Colin Davis, whose accounts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra stand among the most exalted phonographic accomplishments of recent years. There is a Beechamesque quality to these readings, and when it comes to Haydn, that is praise indeed. They are exceptionally personable, characterful, likable interpretations, with wit, warmth, and life in every measure. All 12 symphonies are wonderfully played and very well recorded. At full price, these recordings would be a top choice; as midprice offerings, three symphonies to a disc (averaging more than 75 minutes of music each), they're a steal. --Ted Libbey

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 14 2000
Format: Audio CD
Franz Joseph Haydn is one of the handful of the very greatest composers, a peer of Mozart, Beethoven, and Bach; yet unlike those three other giants, his works are relatively little-known to the broader listening public. Yet Mozart himself, when someone cast a disparaging remark at Haydn, furiously said, "Sir, you and I combined would not equal one Haydn!" This two-disc set, with its companion duo-set, contains all twelve of Haydn's magnificent London Symphonies, written for his two London sojourns in the 1790s. And the performances by the Concertgebouw under the great Sir Colin Davis are equally magnificent! Rich, witty, incisive, with a goodhearted yet mordant wit, and underlying all, Haydn's warmth and humanity and inexhaustible invention. The sound is rich but never overblown; "Period" performance mavens might object, but I think Haydn himself would endorse these versions! Volume One contains, amongst the more famous of the twelve, the "London" Symphony, no. 104, with its delightful folklike finale; the "Miracle" Symphony, and a wonderful, rich performance of the "Drumroll" symphony with its eloquent slow movement. This, and its companions, are Four Discs of Bliss! And at midprice for TWO discs, one can't beat the value! A wonderful introduction to a GREAT composer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 14 2004
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This set is good of course, but if you are looking for great performances for EACH of Haydn's 12 London symphony, you may want to buy individual discs. Here is my collection of the 12 'London' Masterpieces.
Symphony 93: Goodman/Hanover Band (Hyperion 66532)
Symphony 94: Monteux/Vienna Phil (Decca 452893-2)
Symphony 95: Britten/ECO (BBC 8008)
Symphony 96: Harnoncourt/Concg. Orchestra (Teldec/Warner 21337-2)
Symphony 97: Szell/Cleveland (Sony 67175)
Symphony 98: Jochum/LPO (DG 437 201-2)
Symphony 99: Davis/Concg. Orchestra (Phillips 442 614-2)
Symphony 100: Walter/Columbia (Sony 64485)
Symphony 101: Mackerras/St. Luke's (Telarc)
Symphony 102: Dorati/Philharmonia Hungarica (Decca 452 259-2)
Symphony 103: Kuijken/La Petite Bande (DHM 77362)
Symphony 104: Hickox/Collegium Musicum 90 (Chandos 0655)
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By jwalzer on Oct. 28 2001
Format: Audio CD
Anyone acquainted with the music of Franz Joseph Haydn is aware of the prestigious position these symphonies hold in his vast output. What amazes is the fact that these works can delight anyone with an ear; they are definitely not exclusively for the classical music aficionado, but then, they were never intended to be. Like Mozart's operas, they were written with the general public in mind and their ability to delight the average listener is unsurpassed. Unlike the earlier Deutsche Grammophon set with Eugen Jochum, the slow movements are more detached (less legato, which can be good, as in the gloriously beautiful Andante Cantabile of #95) and the finales are more deliberately placed (which is not always a good thing, as in the finale of #96, which Haydn marked Vivace assai - and I think he meant it).
The only qualm I have with the present recording is Maestro Davis' disconcerting habit of grunting and moaning along with the music during certain movements. I'm thrilled that the music moves him so, but I could do without the audio confirmation.
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This is an exceptional collection. Recorded two decades ago it is still over all the best set of Haydn's London Symphonies. Haydn's remarkable career is notorious among other things for having encompassed Mozart's life, and witness Beethoven's start. Most remarkably still is that he was able to evolve and adapt to the changing music that he heard through life. From a court composer who defined what symphony would be from then on, he listened to the enriching genius of Mozart and wrote his set of London Symphonies between 1791 and 1795. There his very own genius clearly shows, by writing music that had little to envy the later Mozart masterpieces. At 60 Haydn went from a court composer of playful and entertaining music of high quality to an almost pre romantic composer of subdued but real passion, of impeccable taste, of thoughtful meditation. Then he just went on to his third career as a mass and oratorio composer. The secret to interpret Haydn is to understand that, that he was a serious composer, not a showman like Mozart or a Passionaria like Beethoven. Haydn is ever the gentleman and his music should always be played with restraint and elegance, even in the more extroverted pieces like these. Colin Davis succeeds admirably to create an unrivalled ensemble. Certainly, you will find an individual symphony here and there that is "a better performance" than what Mr. Davis serves here. But the virtues here is the ensemble, the scope over a total of 12 symphonies rolling for 4 CD of 70 + minutes each. Mr. Davis 's work here is simply a tremendous feat, unmatched. And at bargain prices it is a steal.
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Franz Joseph Haydn was the musical colossus of Europe in the second half of the eighteenth century (at least until Mozart and Beethoven came along), although he didn't realize his immense popularity until he left the Esterhazy estate and began traveling throughout Europe late in life. He has rightly been called by musicologists the "father of the modern symphony;" he more than any other composer transformed the symphony into the form we all know today. His "London" symphonies, written between 1790 and 1792, are perhaps his greatest achievement in this genre. This 2-CD set, along with its companion, "The London Symphonies, Volume 2," are simply the greatest recordings of these masterpieces available today. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (from Amsterdam), under the direction of Sir Colin Davis, give performances which can only be called magnificent in every way. Fast movements are lightly sprung, slow movements are played with just the right touch of gravity, and "menuettos" rollick merrily along. Through it all, Haydn's sunny, optimistic disposition, and his tremendous musical originality and inventiveness shine through.
This CD set and its companion, "The London Symphonies, Volume 2" were each awarded a rosette by the Penguin Guide to Compact Discs. (The rosette is the Penguin Guide's highest accolade, given to recordings of special distinction). Both belong on every classical music collector's CD shelf.
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