At first look, this CD might seem a bit odd, as one does not usually associate the music of Haydn with the great French conductor Pierre Monteux. Haydn was in fact not very popular in the first half of the 20th Century, and relatively few recordings of his Symphonies were made by the great conductors before 1960. In fact, the only ones I own other than this title are by Beecham, Furtwangler, Fricsay and Walter. Thankfully this brilliant stereo recording of Monteux and the Vienna Philharmonic performing the 94th and 101st Haydn Symphonies from 1959 does exist. An added treat here is Monteux's 1958 reading of Brahms' Haydn Variations with the London Symphony Orchestra. This release is part of Decca/London's "The Classic Sound" series, the predecessor to the "Decca Legends" series. Many of the original "Classic Sound" CDs have been reissued as "Legends" titles, but since this one has not, I expect it will go out of print shortly. Interested parties should act fast.