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V2 London Syms

Franz Joseph Haydn Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Symphony In D: Adagio - Allegro assai
2. Symphony In D: Largo cantabile
3. Symphony In D: Menuetto. Allegro
4. Symphony In D: Finale. Presto ma non troppo
5. Symphony In E Flat: Adagio -- Vivace assai
6. Symphony In E Flat: Adagio
7. Symphony In E Flat: Menuetto. Allegretto
8. Symphony In E Flat: Finale. Vivace
9. Symphony In G: Adagio
10. Symphony In G: Andante
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Disc: 2
1. Symphony In G: 1. Adagio
2. Symphony In G: 2. Andante
3. Symphony In G: 3. Menuetto
4. Symphony In G: 4. Finale
5. Symphony In C: 1. Adagio - Vivace
6. Symphony In C: 2. Adagio ma non troppo
7. Symphony In C: 3. Menuetto. Allegretto
8. Symphony In C: 4. Finale. Presto assai
9. Symphony In D: 1. Adagio
10. Symphony In D: 2. Andante
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This is the second volume of Colin Davis's indispensable collection of Haydn's "London" symphonies. Some of the composer's best-known music is here: on this volume, the not-so-subtle humour of the Surprise (No. 94) and the regal pomp of the Military (No. 100). Elsewhere, the elegant No. 97 is less well-known but no less enjoyable. Davis's performances are large-scale but never inflate the music, and the great Dutch orchestra sounds as though it enjoyed working through the series. This and the accompanying--and equally indispensable--Volume 1 make an ideal way to explore a highpoint of the symphonic repertoire. --Richard Whitehouse

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4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, BUT! July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Grand, Warm, Rich, Mature Symphony May 7 2003
Format:Audio CD
Culmination of a marvelous life in composition are these London Symphonies.
Here, in one of the highest rated collections Sir Colin Davis leads the Royalo Concertgebouw Orchestra in over 150 minutes of some of the premier symphonic sounds of all times. There is style and substance in their treatment and the crisp, clean recording is marvelous at any price, but even better at this mid-range bargain.
I especially have fond of No. 93 and of course, No. 102 with its melodic richness and inventive harmony. His element of surpirse is always robust and mysterious, as here the third note spells departure.
How good can one set at this price be? Supremely good and satisfying Hadyn!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Pure Musical Delight July 17 2001
Format:Audio CD
I'll start by saying I usually avoid awarding 5 stars. One very rarely finds the convergence of wonderful music, an inspired orchestra, a talented conductor, AND high quality recording. This set is one of those rarities. Haydn's London Symphonies are among the best music ever written, even if poor Franz didn't seem to suffer from the neuroses necessary to be considered a genius by today's critics. This music is masterful, balanced, and in many movements, fun (God forbid!). No. 94, the "Surprise" and 100, the Military, clearly show Haydn's rare ability to compose richly but not take himself or his patrons too seriously. The Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra plays with skill and charm (even that horn player who's a bit flat in the Allegretto of the 100th), and Davis directs well (though I think Bernstein's conducting of the 100th had more swagger). Last but by no means least, the quality of the Phillips recording is excellent; clean and well engineered, with no studio boominess shading everything. With so many classical recording being mediocre, I hope your system can reveal all the detail here. This 2-disk set is excellent and a terrific bargain. It all comes together in this one.
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By John Kwok TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Sir Colin Davis earned his reputation as a fine interpreter of Haydn, partly due to splendid recordings such as these. Both the Penguin Guide and the Grammophone Guide Classical CDs rate these as the finest recordings of Haydn's "London" symphonies. They are magnificient performances played with much enthusiasm and warmth by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Although there are a number of fine digital recordings of these symphonies around, none seem as elegantly played as Davis' splendid readings. The sound quality is superb, due to Philips' state-of-the-art digital remastering. Along with the two CDs in Volume One, these definitive recordings should be a part of any classical music lover's CD collection.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An adequate performance -- no better March 20 2001
By Gjosh
Format:Audio CD
The phrasing in these performances is outstanding, but the tempos are rather slow (certainly slower than Beecham's) and the Concertgebouw Orchestra is disappointing: the horn section reveals its inadequacy to Haydn's brilliant use of brass at every opportunity, having a hard time even staying on key. A fine performance frustrated by a surprisingly poor showing by one of the world's great orchestras.
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