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J. G. Lewis
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Format: Audio CD
These are my favorite symphonies of Haydn, and however I like the selection, the performances of #92 (Oxford) and #93 (the first of the London Series) were not solid, to my disappointment. These three symphonies stand at the summit of the gay, aristocratic culture that Mozart, the young Beethoven, and Haydn wrote in. And further Haydn's London Series, with the addition of the Oxford symphony (92nd), were the the composer's finest, being perfectly expressive of his serious, though mirthful, style.
I believe the conductor, Richard Kapp, was not as careful as he might have been. The disc begins with #93 symphony, and I thought that, concerning the third movement here, the orchestra was unfortunately rushed. Thereafter follows the famous "Suprise" symphony, which I believe was an interesting, and entertaining, interpretation on the whole. However, and again, to conclude the disc with the #92 "Oxford": Kapp was not successful. In summary therefore: and although the selection was superb, because of the inappropriate handling of the wonderfully beguiling symphony #93, and a misreading of the sophisticated 92nd, this should not be seen as an outstanding disc (as perhaps it may have been), but merely a good one.