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Haydn: The "Sturm & Drang" Symphonies (6 CDs)

Haydn: The "Sturm & Drang" Symphonies (6 CDs)

18 Feb 2014

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan 2000
  • Release Date: 1 Jan 2000
  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2000 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 6:07:14
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  • ASIN: B001N02PEA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,941 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Nov 2008
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These performances have recently been criticised in some quarters as lacking in charm. I couldn't disagree more and have rarely been more baffled by the critical establishment! I have heard many versions of these symphonies and love Pinnock's so much more than any others. They are truly envigorating and sparkling, and Pinnock cunjures up a lovely sound world for Haydn. They are in no way "driven" but they also avoid a tendency that many have to drag or indulge in overly formal rhythms in the minuet movements. Everyone I have played these records to - including many who would not think to explore "Haydn before the London Symphonies" - have fallen in love with them. And now, they are available at a price that is a real bargain. Buy this set!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful By JOHN LITTLE on 28 Jun 2001
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Excellent value, and excellent music - words can scarcely describe the sheer inventiveness, beauty and power of these revolutionary works! Lean, taut playing from the English Connert, unfussy and direct interpretations, and marvellous ensemble playing bring these incredible works to instant life. Sound quality is superb and the presentation - six discs in six envelopes in a plain card box - will surely be the norm in future for the serious collector.
This is the best value purchase I have made in years, and one of the most inspirational. Buy it!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 12 Sep 2009
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In my opinion,this is the best box of Haydn on the market,surpassing Dorati(great as his is)in sound and performance,and collecting in a handy box the most interesting of the works--out of 104 symphonies,we have here 19--enough for the curious,but marvellous for the committed also.Period instruments are not to all tastes,but are in no way inferior to modern,at least here.Do yourself a favour,buy this...you'll never regret it.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Duncan R. McKeown on 23 July 2011
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These recordings are the absolute pinnacle of Haydn symphony recordings on CD in my humble opinion. Why didn't Pinnock record the other early symphonies? Such a shame. Don't let anyone tell you that Haydn's best symphonies were his final twelve. I think the London Symphonies are marvellous, but for profundity of expression and sheer genius of originality, the 'Sturm und Drang' period is unsurpassed. Haydn owes nothing here to Mozart, as he did later...he was his own man, and what an artist! People who go on about the depth and humanity of Beethoven's last quartets, or the Saint Matthew Passion, ought to listen to the Andantino of Symphony No.42, or the Adagio of No. 44, and perhaps they would then value Joseph Haydn more highly. In symphonies like the 'Trauer' and the 'Farewell' Haydn creates a mood, and a sound picture, which is quite unique in my experience, both tragic...almost desolate...and dramatic at the same time. The spareness of the Esterhazy period orchestra only magnifies its emotional impact. Nothing I have ever heard in the classical repetoire affects me the same way as these works.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 Feb 2013
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This period of Haydn's middle symphonies known as 'Sturm und Drang' symphonies has long been my favourite period of his symphonic output. They have a vitality and expressiveness which, no matter how more complex and sophisticated his later works undoubtedly become, is quite without equal in the later works.

Partly this is a matter of scale and the more chamber sized orchestras used at this time in Haydn's career and as heard here, which allow for more flexibility and more dynamic contrast. By this latter I mean the relative difference in scale which can be achieved between the feather-light pianissimos to the really punchy fortissimos. The same applies to the contrasts possible in terms of instrumental textures where all the variety of instrumental writing has an almost chamber music level of immediacy and impact. All of these things add up to 'Strum und Drang' and which become softened with the larger orchestras and larger scaled later compositional ideas. Contrast the relatively muted effect of the 'surprise' in the Surprise symphony and hear how more effective the punching out dramatic effects are in any of these middle works which make use of the high horns for example. It is in the use of the high horns that Pinnock is slightly more restrained than Bruno Weil with Tafelmusik. Preference on this point will be a matter of personal taste.

So much for personal enthusiasms. Pinnock obviously shares the same view, as these performances come alive as never before. The playing of the orchestra is beyond superlative and Pinnock's direction is inspirational. The recordings are of equal merit and allow the full splendour of these performances to really shine and leap off the discs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Kelson on 24 Aug 2013
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I heard one of the symphonies in this set on Radio 3, which prompted me to look up the disks on Amazon. Once I had read the reviews above I had to buy the set, even though I have other recordings of these works.. I am so glad I did. Everything that has been said about the brilliance of the performances and the quality of the works is true. I cannot imagine better performances. My enjoyment was enhanced by the excellent booklet containing notes on each symphony by Nicholas Kenyon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon F on 12 July 2011
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I'm biased. I've been mad about Haydn's music for decades - and especially the Sturm und Drang period. Dorati's wonderful set of these symphonies got me interested in the first place. Since then I have come to regard the Trevor Pinnock set as quite simply the best recording of anything by anybody.
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