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Haydn: 7 "London" Symphonies

11 Feb 2014 | Format: MP3

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  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2009 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 3:20:19
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  • ASIN: B001WYB7YQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 12 May 2014
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I have many recordings of this music - Dorati, Fischer, Von Karajan, Davis, Tate, Goodman, Shelly, Hickox etc - but I put Abbado's recording near the top of my preferences. I'm not a musicologist and I don't listen with Haydn's score before me to query every minutiae, but it seems to me this is music making of a very high quality. It's the cream of the milk. To begin with, the recording is clear, crisp and very natural - In the Drum Roll symphony you can very nearly see the drum, never mind hear the whack of the sticks. The Chamber Orchestra play with great delicacy at times, producing beautiful sounds, and then at other times explode with wonderful effect, without ever becoming harsh or losing their unity of sound. Abbado conducts the pieces with great elan and momentum - his clock certainly isn't winding down - while letting Haydn tell his own story. It is Haydn by a master conductor. Buy it without hesitation and you'll be thrilled by these CDs, unless you're a musicologist with a diseased liver!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Lamede on 20 Jun 2009
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I hadn't heard these performances (all from the 90s) before. The combined panache, subtlety and vigour of Abbado's approach is very winning and - as befits Haydn - wholly life-affirming.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bernard Michael O'Hanlon on 10 Aug 2013
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A chorus is starting to form on Amazon.com, hence the title above.

It would appear from the commentary field in SFL's review that I am not the only person to check the size of Haydn's orchestras in Paris (legion) and London (60 plus) in assessing this rump of a cycle. Why so? Because the Chamber Orchestra of Europe sounds emaciated as if the poor buggers have been working overtime on the Bridge over the River Kwai. Take the Drum Roll: I would be surprised if there were any more than three double-basses in play. One can extrapolate the numbers from there. No wonder Abbado reins in the timpani in both the finale of 103 and throughout the Miracle in its entirety; worse still, such restraint underwrites his innate timidity as a classicist.

Eternal reoccurrence is all. This is an update of Neville Marriner and the Academy of St Martin in the Field - spruce, sunny, elegant and no more - and in saying this, I am being unfair to the English array; whatever its limitations might be, the latter gazettes Haydn as a composer of profundity. In seeking an overall comment on this latter-day redux, let's defer to William Blake: Prudence is a rich ugly old maid courted by Incapacity.

Take the first movement of the Drumroll. If it were lying on a beach, one could go up and kick sand in its face with impunity: that's how wimpy it is.

Characterisation, it's fair to say, is not a long suit of this semi-cycle. Each Haydn symphony should be a microcosm in itself; here, it is amazingly easy - and stultifyingly deadening - to sit through these seven performances as if they're a twenty seven movement suite (the Sinfonia Concertante included).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Moderate-minded Haydn with grace and humor 9 Jun 2009
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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As the product description says, this bargain 4-CD set is a reissue from the late 89s and early 90s. Abbado has otherwise made no Haydn recordings before or since, an odd omission given his large discography. But then, Haydn's reputation as "the poor man's Mozart," to quote the Gramophone, indicates the relative popularity of the two composers. As much as anything, Abbado's Haydn is a tribute to the young musicians of the COE and his dedication to them.

Haydn's symphonies aren't chamber music, but reduced forces are in keeping with the smaller orchestras at his disposal; here the sound of the string body is full enough to be satisfying. It's become a cliche to point out that fewer strings make the winds stand out more. Actually, modern microphone techniques can highlight any instrument the engineers want us to hear. In this case, we hear the winds all the time, adding a nice mixture of timbres rather than an overall sheen of violins.

Conductors who aren't Haydn specialists tend to pick a one-size-fits-all style and stick to it. Abbado's style in all these works favors moderation. No Adagios are exceptionally slow in the manner of Klemperer and Furtwangler; no Allegro races away, as with Scherchen; the Minuets don't land heavily, as with Bernstein and Beecham. This is modern, graceful Haydn )with full vibrato in the violins). Applying a generic approach to Haydn works as long as the conductor has a feeling for the music's character, its wit, optimism, good spirits, and assured balance. Happily, Abbado does.

I can think of a number of conductors who don't really catch on to those qualities and therefore come off as antiseptic (Solti, Mackerras, Salonen, Rattle in his recent set from Berlin). Even the sainted Toscanini and Szell often sound too tense and humorless to my ears. One extra fillip that I find in Abbado is his tenderness in the introductory slow music that is typical of Haydn's first movements. Abbado doesn't see the Minuets as court dances; they are zippy predecessors to a Beethoven Scherzo. Perhaps Haydn should have wandered more into the minor keys as Mozart did, for as great as this music is, unvarying buoyancy can become much of a muchness unless you listen to one or two symphonies at a time.

If I think back to the most recent Haydn recordings in the modern style that have pleased me, Mariss Jansons from Munich on Sony is larger scaled but just as good, as is Jane Glover from London. By a whisker Abbado shows more elegance in his conducting and less robustness -- Klemperer takes an earthier view all around. It's nice to have these highly enjoyable performances, including the always welcome Sinfonia Concertante, back again at such a low price. (If you are specifically focused on the Sinfonia Concertante, Jansons's account is the real winner.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Incomplete but Wholly Satisfying 14 Dec 2012
By J. R. Trtek - Published on Amazon.com
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This wouldn't be my first choice for the Haydn London Symphonies, even if it were a complete set. I'd still buy this release, however -- and I did, without subsequent regret. Abbado leads the modern instrument Chamber Orchestra of Europe in performances that are buoyant and smooth, lively yet smooth, and oh so lithe while retaining some heft. It's a shame the recording project never got through all the symphonies in this group, if that was the intent, but this is still a set that is definitely more than half full. I'd agree with one other reviewer that Harnoncourt and Bruggen are top choices for the London symphonies, to which I'd also add Minkowski's -- with the warning of one horrible moment in the Surprise Symphony. I would never give up this set, however, and I highly recommend it as a companion to whatever complete group of Londons you eventually settle on.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Dont' dismiss this set. 3 April 2014
By G. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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I am rather surprised at many of the negative comments posted here, for this set has far more nuance and character than the much heralded Beecham set or, even moreso, the Colin Davis RCOA London Symphonies; granted the Concertgebouw Orch. plays flawlessly, but the performances are thoroughly bland and predictable. Abbado's COE players seem to be enjoying themselves more, and the soloists relish their moments. For whatever reasons DG never completed the entire London Symphonies, these recordings are certainly worth hearing. Excellent sound.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An excellent set for cognoscenti 2 May 2014
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My occasion for writing this is the discovery that this set apparently did not survive my most recent move, and I was in the mood to hear some of this Haydn, so I was forced to buy this set...again.

This is even better than I remembered it. Some conductors with larger orchestras achieve a weightier sound, but Abbado's slightly lighter Haydn nevertheless features sharp attacks when appropriate and overall is quite infectious. He avoids unnecessary HIP problems such as overly fast minuets, but does employ some HIP touches to good effect--I think he uses hard mallets on the tympani (almost always a good thing, in my mind), and tempos in the adagios avoid the late-Romantic heaviness often injected into the music of classical composers. And, in the finale of the 102nd, he provides the sharpest contrasts of dynamics and accents--and thus some of the most witty and energetic Haydn playing I've ever heard (along with the finale of the 95th under Bruggen, and Toscanini's NYPO reading of the 101st.)

To find a complete set of the London symphonies in a style similar to this, look to Gunther Herbig's set with the Dresden Philharmonic. On occasions he even slightly outdoes Abbado in terms of verve, zest, and sunniness, and I can warmly recommend his set. Other choices would be someone like Bruggen or Howard Shelley. Harnoncourt may not be such a good choice for everyone, since in addition to unfortunate aspects of HIP performance practice, you also get Harnoncourt-ish mannerisms.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
At this point in his career, Abbado was 5 Mar 2014
By Kirk List - Published on Amazon.com
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shifting from unmannered, alert and interesting conducting to HIP orthodoxy. The former included some excellent
Rossini operas and overtures, Mendelssohn and Schubert symphonies, a wonderful Haydn Sinfonia Concertante and
a terrific Don Giovanni (not Figaro, however).
I would bypass this Haydn box and obtain the single CD with the Haydn #96 and the Sinfonia Concertante. The HIP
mannerisms appear in varying degrees, including swells, affectless phtasing, and exaggeratedly loud chords. Less
so in #s 101, 98 and 93, most obtrusive in #s 102 and 103. The nadir occurred in his late Magic Flute, but
also late was a wonderful disc of the Beethoven second and third concerti with Martha Argerich.

recommended in all seven: Jochum/LPO/DG; Davis/RCOA/Philips
" #s 98, 100, 101 and 102: Klemperer/EMI
" #s 100-103-Tate/ECO/EMI
" #96-Van Beinum/RCOA/Eloquence
" #s 93,96,98-Szell/Sony
" # 93-Jochum/Dresden/Berlin Classic
" #s 100 and 101-Sawallisch/VSO/Decca and Philips
#101-Kubelik/BRSO/Meteor
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