One never ceases to be amazed at the inexhaustible invention and creativity displayed by the great Haydn in these marvellous works. As I mentioned in my review of Vol. 1 (q.v.) these symphonies, in which the mature genius was working at full stretch, are brimming with vitality, wit, excitement and the warm humanity that is Haydn's trademark. These performances, with the Concertgebouw magisterially conducted by Sir Colin Davis, are fully worthy of Haydn's inspiration. This set contains some of the finest moments: a desert-island version of the most famous of the twelve "London" Symphonies, the "Surprise" Symphony; an urbane and stylish version of "The Clock"; a performance of the "Military" Symphony with its great slow movement that is second to none; and, beginning the set, one of the lesser known masterpieces, the wonderful no. 93 in D Major, one of the perfect expressions of purely musical humor and wit: the minuet is a rollicking parody, with giddy, lumbering rhythms and hilarious contrasts of timbre and dynamics-- a masterpiece of musical humor (it's as if Haydn were lampooning the very form); the wonderful finale with its famous upbeat joke in the recapitulation. Indeed, each of the symphonies has its own delights. All told, this set is a magnificent bargain, the finest version available at any price, and with its companion volume 1 should be in the collection of every lover of truly great music.