Mariss Jansons conducts the Berliner Philharmoniker in this performance recorded at the Hagia Eirene, Istanbul in 2001. This introduction to Haydn's symphony no. 94 includes a documentary on the work, in addition to the complete performance.
Robert Levin at times tries too hard to find analogies for Haydn's wrong-footing of the audience in the introduction.Nonetheless,he captures the work's spirit,as does the sparkling performance. Performance *** Picture & Sound **** --BBC Music Magazine,June'11