Haydn - Late Symphonies Vol.2: Nos. 96-98 | Naxos 8574517

Haydn - Late Symphonies Vol.2: Nos. 96-98


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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8574517

Barcode: 0747313451777

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 13th October 2023



The second volume in this series (Volume 1 is on 8574516) is devoted to three more ‘London’ symphonies. No.96 in D major ‘The Miracle’ – so named, as the legend goes, after a falling chandelier narrowly missed the audience during its Hanover Square Rooms premiere – exemplifies the grandeur of these works. The structural surprises of no.97 in C major and the hymnal slow movement of no.98 in B flat major reinforce Haydn’s inexhaustible compositional versatility and inventiveness. These recordings are the product of a two-decade partnership between Adam Fischer and the Danish Chamber Orchestra during which they have explored the most effective technical solutions necessary for performing these works.

Recorded live from the Haydn Festivals in Copenhagen, these award-winning forces aim to present all Haydn’s symphonies written after his time as Kapellmeister at the Esterházy Castle.

Adam Fischer has conducted the Danish Chamber Orchestra for over two decades. He has two major cycles already recorded for Naxos – the first is the complete Beethoven symphonies on 8505251: ‘I find these performances utterly fascinating… The recorded sound is excellent’ (Gramophone). The cycle won both the Opus Klassik and International Classical Music Awards (ICMA) in the Symphonic category.

‘The Danish Chamber Orchestra’s excellent playing ensures a set in which relationships, between orchestral groups, between sections of movements, and between symphonies, are thoughtfully and provocatively delineated. These renditions showcase Beethoven’s revolutionary side in a way few other sets even come close to managing’ – Fanfare

Their acclaimed Brahms symphony cycle can be heard on Naxos 857446567: ‘A new set, in excellent sound, of mature and deeply understanding character... The sound quality is equally fine and this set is self-evidently recommended’ (Musical Opinion, 5 stars).

Adam Fischer has been associated with the Danish Chamber Orchestra since 1997, serving as chief conductor from 1998, where he still is a major driving force and initiator both in Denmark and internationally. In 2019, he was awarded the international Wolf Prize for Music, was nominated Conductor of the Year by Presto Classical in the UK, and received the BBC Music Magazine Orchestral Award for his recording of Mahler’s Symphony no.1 with the Düsseldorf Symphony Orchestra. In 2022, he received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA).

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