Haydn - Symphonies Nos 92, 93, 97, 98 & 99
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Label: LSO Live
Cat No: LSO0702
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 30th June 2014
WorksSymphony no.92 in G major, Hob.I:92 'Oxford'
Symphony no.93 in D major, Hob.I:93
Symphony no.97 in C major, Hob.I:97
Symphony no.98 in B flat major, Hob.I:98
Symphony no.99 in E flat major, Hob.I:99
ArtistsLondon Symphony Orchestra
The late Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra present a collection of Haydn’s London Symphonies alongside the spirited Oxford Symphony.
Sir Colin Davis was long recognised as a pre-eminent Haydn interpreter. During his Indian summer with the orchestra he recorded both 'The Creation' and 'The Seasons' for LSO Live. The symphonies presented here were recorded in 2011 and make for revelatory listening.
Entering a new chapter after the death of Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, Haydn’s forward-looking late symphonies were conceived on a large scale and exude all the hallmarks of the composer’s protean maturity. Surpassing even his own high standards and received to an enormous success, their expressive strength and inventive mastery of form gave his international reputation a substantial boost: Haydn’s contrapuntal mastery and thematic rigour are laid bare for all to see.
"First, though, there was Haydn: the first of his London symphonies, No.93 in D major, the one with the fruity bassoon interjection at the end of the slow movement. Here, as with Mozart, Davis spurns the spare style beloved of younger conductors, influenced by the period-instrument movement; he has conducted these symphonies all his life, and the result had a glowing coherence and warmth." - The Guardian ****
"It says a lot about the orchestral climate today that a respectable performance of a work by Haydn, who exemplified respectable 18th-century society better than anyone else, should shock. But shock it did to hear the three-four first movement of Haydn’s Symphony in C, No.97, performed with so much orchestral weight and focus on beauty of sound." - The Arts Desk
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