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!