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wonderful late and middle Haydn performancesJune 10 2012
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Format: Audio CD
I will review this two-fer, but it can also be purchase as separate cds: 66,90, and 91 (Linde)and/or 92+98 (Leitner). The Capella Coloniensis is one the of the least offensive (at worst)period chamber orchletras, probably b/c of the conductors who have the recorded for them- music firyst minus dogma/periodology: Bjorlin, Leitner, Linde, Ulf Bjorlin. The Linde, for example, sounds more like Marriner than Harnoncourt, and the Leitner sounds exactly like Leitner. #66 is one of lesser performed 60's works-perhaps #62 is next in line. #66 is very fine and worth hearing- I prefer it to #s 58, 79, antd 91, but not to 67, 65, or 64. #90 is a near great, and I prefer it to its neighbors 87, 89, and 91. It is a big, festive, brassy work // #48 and 97. Linde conducts a spirited and quite well played perhformance.
Ditto Leitner, but with greater Haydn- he digs deeper perhaps b/c there is more to dig- both symphonies contain more serious, even tragic music, eg 92/2 and 98/2, in addition to happier music, eg 92/1 and 4 and 98/3 and 4. Leitner conducts these beautifully, missing nothing. He does not quite join Rosbaud and Szell in 92,or Szell, Davis and Jochum/Dresden in 98- but he remains a peer of them all.