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V1 London Syms

Franz Joseph Haydn Audio CD
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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Despite the reputation of this set (and its companion Vol. 2) as the "definitive" set of London Symphonies, I dissent. Davis obviously thought carefully about each symphony. The balances are perfect. Each voice, each melodic line, shines through effortlessly. Everything Haydn wrote is audibly there: nothing is obnoxiously overdone, nothing is swept under a rug. The Concertgebouw Orchestra, as always, is in top form as perhaps the best symphony orchestra in the world.
But where is the joy? Where is the love? Where is the humor? Where is the personality? Haydn composed music of warmth and humanity. None of those qualities are present in these recordings. It's hard to believe that music so quintessentially human, could ever sound as faceless as Davis makes it sound in these performances.
Davis has an unfortunate ability to push the music too fast, as he does in some of the movements of these symphonies, without sounding urgent or passionate about it. Szell or Toscanini were fast conductors, but when they went fast it sounded as though the music was being urged on by a furious and passionate heart. When Davis goes fast, it sounds as if he wants to get the whole thing over with so he can go home and watch Wheel of Fortune.
It's true that music from the classical era is not conducive to performances of roaring passion and heart-on-the-sleeve romanticism, as if it were Beethoven or Schumann. But Davis, and the reviewers, make a huge mistake when they assume that "no romanticism" equals "no feeling". As I said in the one-line synopsis, these performances are like distilled water: no impurities, and no flavor. I bought both volumes of this set, listened to them once, and probably will never listen to them again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, BUT! July 14 2004
By A Customer
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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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Imagine the thrill of Haydn finally hearing his work played the outstanding orchestra of Salomon in London, and for these musicians?
What a result for us to inherit these magnificent works performed by Sir Davis and the Royal Concertgebouw recorded at such an outstanding value by Philips.
I especially love the cello part in the Minuet of Sym.95 as well as the Adiago from the 98th. How hard is it to pick and choose though from this magnificent sounds? I find myself conducting as I listen as in Sandy Bottom Orchestra with the dairy manager.
Must have set!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous!!! May 27 2002
By Marcus
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I bought both Vol I and II. I personally find that it is a great CD produced by Philips. It is well recorded (in term of sound quality). Sir Colin Davis has done a good job. If you want to keep a complete collection of Haydn's famous and last 12 Symphonies, this is definitely the right one. The pricing is attractive, considering the 4 CDs with more than 5 hours of playing times. Why hesitate? Keep both in your CD library!
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