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.