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Symphonies No. 41-47, 50-52, 64-65, 82-90 Import, Box set

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  • Orchestra: Tafelmusik
  • Conductor: Bruno Weil
  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Import, Box set
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B005TLWOH2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 250,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By I. Giles HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 11 Dec. 2012
These discs of the complete Haydn symphony recordings made by Bruno Weil were unfortunately not extended to include the London symphonies. This is a great pity as these performances practically leap off the discs and make so many other seem dull. They have the additional advantage of having H. C. Robbins Landon as the musicological and artistic consultant.

The recordings themselves were always excellently balanced and truthful tonally, but in their newly remastered state they have been further improved with a little more depth of field added. Unfortunately along with this slight advantage has come a presentation that is totally minimalist without sleeve notes and with discs in paper sleeves within the box. The price however is astonishingly low so perhaps one should be realistic about this - lost of high quality playing time and performances at a low price. Historical details are readily available on the internet and can easily be printed off if there is a need.

Bruno Weil seems to have an innate awareness of just how to make Haydn's symphonies spring into life. In this he is helped by the considerable talents of the Tafelmusik orchestra and the wonderfully clear and 'present' qualities of the recording.

The earlier symphonies in the box are often known as the Sturm und Drang symphonies as a result of their increased dramatic content. This is fully realised by the members of the orchestra not least Ab Koster who performs the stratospheric horn parts with such assurance and thrilling tone. Tempi are kept on the move but never to the point of hurry or rush. They are not metronomic either so there is always the feeling of enough 'give and take.' Minuets are played briskly throughout.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Geoff J on 31 Jan. 2014
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These are brilliant, vivacious performances, quite the best of these symphonies I have heard.
88,89,90 outclass the Rattle BPO performances, which sound comparatively heavy and stiff. The string sound is warm and satisfying.
50 to 52 have more freedom than the Naxos alternative.
One of the best sets of the Paris Symphonies.
A very real bargain
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21 symphonies, 7 CDs, almost one fifth of Haydn's symphonic output, and over seven hours of superbly played and well recorded music. There are three discs of Sturm und Drang era symphonies, and the complete Paris symphonies, plus a handful of others.

Haydn collectors who already have recordings of the Paris symphonies may prefer Pinnock's box set of Sturm und Drang symphonies but this box set offers a wider variety of Haydn's work and and is a much better bargain. Of rival versions of these works, the only ones I'm familiar with are Kuijken's Paris symphonies - Weil and Kuijken both have their strengths though Weil has marginally better recorded sound.

The Canadian ensemble Tafelmusik recorded many superb CDs for Sony's Vivarte level in the '90s with Jeanne Lamon directing them in the baroque, Bruno Weil conducting Mozart and Haydn, and many of these have been re-released by Sony in bargain boxes. Like the other boxes this set has no booklet notes but is highly recommendable.
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A good set, but apart from odd moments these performances are not competitive with the best. The greatest positive is that some of the slow movements are beautifully realized, with a sense of great stillness and contemplation. However, viewed across all the music here, the strings are curiously thin and acerbic to the ear. Over a long period this lacks charm and is tiring to listen to. The performances are good, but don't bring out the elegance of some of these compositions as well as Hogwood's recordings. If you compare the sound of this orchestra with the Hanover Band then Tafelmusik really come across as fairly mean and astringent. Not much is made of Haydn's humour. I bought this for a bargain price and am pleased to own it, but it doesn't come off the shelf too often.
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By Mr. Raymond L. Hall on 18 April 2014
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Vibrant performances, particularly of the Sturm und Drang symphonies. Tafelmusik sound full-bodied for a smallish original instruments band, and the recording is excellent. Cannot go past these recordings, and although Weil is brisk-ish he certainly allows the music to take shape. Highly recommended.
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