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  • Performer: Christopher Hogwood
  • Orchestra: The Academy Of Ancient Music
  • Composer: J. Haydn
  • Audio CD (6 April 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 32
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B009LNI0T0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,067 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Christopher Hogwood's complete recordings of the Haydn symphonies on original instruments in a beautiful box of 32 cds. Includes symphonies 1-75, 94, 96, 100, 104, 107, 108.

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2013
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This 32 CD set of Haydn Symphonies is excellent. The Academy of Ancient Music with Christopher Hogwood have done a great job with these period instrument recordings.
There is clear attention to detail in authentic sound.
Recorded over many years, the Symphonies sound fabulous in the hands of Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music. There are the familiar symphonies of course, but also here we get to see the brilliance of the earlier works. All of the Symphonies are fantastic and this extensive set takes us through the works in correct order of composition. Even though the Symphony numbers do not run Chronologically. This is mainly down to publication of the compositions.
We get to see the progression of compositional style as we work our way through the recordings.
The attention to detail and the sound recording is excellent.
Each disc is in a light card sleeve,and all of the discs are housed in a smart card box that is about 2 and a half inches thick.
This is an ideal way to collect most but not all the Symphonies by Haydn and you cannot go wrong with this release. It is good value for money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Scratcher on 21 Dec. 2014
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As others have already confirmed, this is a very welcome gathering of the late Christopher Hogwood's l'Oiseau Lyre recordings of Haydn symphonies (bar 76 and 77 which were later released as a BBC Music Magazine cover disc). I have but one thing to add, and that is to repeat more prominently a point I made in a comment to an earlier customer review above, that is that James Webster's excellent detailed notes which were not included in this re-issue can be found in pdf format at http://christermalmberg.se/files/pdf/musik/verkkommentarer/haydn_joseph_the_symphonies_volume_1-10.pdf
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36 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Murray Low on 3 Feb. 2013
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The only reason I haven't given this 5 stars is because DECCA refused to finish the project, one of the more shameful episodes in the scaling back of the production of CDs at the end of the 1990s CD boom. Honestly, if they had even sanctioned the completion up to the start of the Paris Symphonies - three more discs- they'd have been doing us all a favour (plenty 'period' performances of the symphonies after that). Symphonies 76 and 77 were recorded, at least, and were released on a very valuable BBC Music Magazine cover disc a few years back, so its a shame they haven't apparently been included in this re-release (another reason for withholding that other star).
I'm sure listeners have different tastes in Haydn performance, but these are by and large absorbing performances, with fascinating sonority even if you are used to more turbo-charged playing in, for example, some of the Sturm und Drang examples. All repeats are taken, which means some slow movements in particular are very extended, the symphonies take up more discs than usual, and perhaps they lose some of their accepted character as shortish and fun as a result. Here many of them are as long or longer than most of the Beethoven symphonies and Hogwood forces us to hear them differently, whether we like it or not, as extended (and of course entertaining) artworks rather than as frothy entertainments, precursors of something more serious and elaborate.
The original issues included very interesting and detailed notes by James Webster that I don't think you'll get here. Perhaps the length and care going on in this project preclude some of the excitement you might get elsewhere, and there is some controversy over the forces used for the earlier symphonies (quite small, and some would prefer firmer bass-lines than this makes possible).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr Simon Conner on 10 July 2013
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Christopher Hogwood's Haydn recordings in 80's/90's were always the choice for me, still have the LPs. But surely you wouldn't buy this set without knowing what's in the box. Luckily amazon italia had the sense to list: http://www.amazon.it/Symphonies-Hogwood-Christopher/dp/B009LNI0T0/ref=sr_1_2?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1353495836&sr=1-2&tag=umusic-classic-21 . Some glaring admissions as other reviewers point out. At least 100 is there, a personal favourite. A heck of a bargain at the asking price.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. Beebeejaun on 10 Sept. 2013
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I ordered this box set and find out that cd 1 and 15 have the same cd and the replcement cd has the same fault.I contacted Amazon and gave a generous of 20 percent if I still want the Box set which I did.Now I am impressed first with the sound of the recording and also the way it was conducted.It is joy to listened to these symphonies and it is highly recommended to those who was put off of Haydn symphonies in the past.Buy it and it is an investment for life.The price that Amazon offered is a bargain.
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