This box includes only Philips recordings, including a fairly wide range of composers from Haydn to Messiaen (Et expecto...)
and Takemitsu (November Steps). No Baroque music. Haitink chose to leave Amsterdam after learning that 18th century and baroque composers would be conducted primarily by conductors such as Nikolaus Harnoncourt. This plan was not engineered
by Haitink. I purchased the set primarily for recordings new to CD and others which I had not heard, including excellent readings of Haydn (96 and 99-RCOA), Schubert (#9-RCOA), Mozart (Overtures-LPO), Beethoven (violin concerto with Hermann Krebbers) and symphony #1 (LPO). The Haydn is wonderful //the Colin Davis RCOA versions, but why has Universal not reissued the Davis #s 86 and 87 in his own new collection?) The Schubert #9 is as good as Haitink's great complete Rosamunde and Midsummer Night's Dream. I had not heard many of the LPO Mozart overtures such as Idomeneo, Clemenza, Impressario, and Lucio
Silla. The LPO Beethoven #s 1 and 3 are mixed. They are not part of his LSO set ( a plus I think, for I much prefer
Haitink's 1986 RCOA set). The LPO Eroica is not as intense or as well played as the RCOA version, but the LPO #1 improves
upon the RCOA version also, especially in the final two movements. The LVB violin concerto with Krebbers is lovely, and I had
only recently discovered the LPO Triple concerto with the Beaux Arts Trio, in which Pressler shines.
The set includes works from complete sets and individual remakes, such as.Tchaikowsky #s 1 and 2 (great Little Russian), Mahler #s 6 and 9, and Bruckner #3, 8, and 9. Much Wagner is included, and much French music (Debussy and Ravel). No Liszt Tone poems excepting Les Preludes,
but a Mephisto Waltz plus piano concerti and Totentanz with Alfred Brendel. No Schumann, but sparkling concerti with Grumiaux (Mendelssohn, Bruch, and Tchaikowsky). Also a Bartok disc- the Concerto for Orchestra and the Violin concerto with
Henryk Szerying. Krebbers also appears in the lone Richard Strauss disc (Ein Heldenleben ) which also includes Tod und Verklarung. Two pleasant surprises- a wind drenched Dvorak #7 -one of the earliest Haitink RCOA discs- and a fine Moldau.
The VPO German Requiem was worth hearing for Janowitz and Tom Krause primarily. As a whole, I find the box