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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,444 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. 1. Presto
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Finale - Presto
  4. 1. Allegro
  5. 2. Andante
  6. 3. Finale - Presto
  7. 1. Presto
  8. 2. Andante
  9. 3. Finale - Tempo di Menuetto
  10. 1. Adagio ma non troppo
  11. 2. Allegro
  12. 3. Menuet e Trio
  13. 4. Finale - Presto

Disc: 2

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Finale - Presto
  4. 1. Adagio cantabile
  5. 2. Allegro
  6. 3. Menuet e Trio
  7. 4. Finale - Presto
  8. 1. Andante moderato
  9. 2. Allegro molto
  10. 3. Tempo di Menuet

Disc: 3

  1. 1. Allegro molto
  2. 2. Andante sicilano - Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music
  3. 3. Presto
  4. 1. Allegro molto
  5. 2. Minuet & Trio
  6. 3. Adagio ma non troppo
  7. 4. Presto
  8. 1. Presto
  9. 2. Menuet & Trio
  10. 3. Andante
  11. 4. Presto
  12. Allegro
  13. Allegro
  14. Andante - Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music

Disc: 4

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Andante moderato
  3. 3. Menuet & Trio
  4. 4. Finale - Alla breve
  5. 1. Allegro molto
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuetto e Trio - Allegretto
  8. 4. Finale: Allegro
  9. 1. Adagio - Presto - Adagio
  10. 2. Menuet e Trio
  11. 3. Andante
  12. 4. Finale: Presto

Disc: 5

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Andante, ma non troppo
  3. 3. Finale - Allegro molto
  4. 1. Allegro molto
  5. 2. Andante
  6. 3. Presto
  7. 1. Allegro molto
  8. 2. Andante cantabile
  9. 3. Minuet & Trio
  10. 4. Presto
  11. 1. Adagio
  12. 2. Minuet & Trio
  13. 3. Presto

Disc: 6

  1. 1. Vivace
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Minuet and Trio
  4. 4. Allegro
  5. 1. Vivace
  6. 2. Adagio
  7. 3. Menuetto & Trio
  8. 4. Allegro (Presto)
  9. Allegro molto
  10. Menuetto:Allegretto-Trio
  11. Andante
  12. Finale:Presto

Disc: 7

  1. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuet
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro)
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  6. 2. Recitativo (Adagio - Allegro - Adagio)
  7. 3. Adagio
  8. 4. Menuetto
  9. 1. Allegro molto
  10. 2. Andante
  11. 3. Menuetto
  12. 4. Presto "La tempesta"

Disc: 8

  1. 1. Allegro molto
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Finale - Menuetto - Allegretto
  4. 1. Allegro
  5. 2. Adagio
  6. 3. Finale - Presto
  7. 1. Allegro molto
  8. 2. Adagio cantabile
  9. 3. Menuet e Trio
  10. 4. Finale: Allegro molto

Disc: 9

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Finale: Presto
  4. 1. Allegro
  5. 2. Andante più tosto allegretto
  6. 3. Menuet & Trio
  7. 4. Finale: Fuga
  8. 1. Allegro
  9. 2. Andante
  10. 3. Menuet & Trio
  11. 4. Finale: Thema von variazioni -Andante - Presto

Disc: 10

  1. 1. Adagio
  2. 2. Presto
  3. 3. Minuet & Trio
  4. 4. Allegro molto
  5. 1. Adagio
  6. 2. Presto
  7. 3. Menuetto
  8. 4. Finale (Presto)
  9. 1. Allegro
  10. 2. Andante
  11. 3. Minuet & Trio
  12. 4. Presto assai

Disc: 11

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Minuet & Trio
  4. 4. Allegro
  5. 1. Allegro di molto
  6. 2. Poco adagio
  7. 3. Minuet & Trio - Allegro molto
  8. 4. Presto assai
  9. 1. Allegro di molto
  10. 2. Andante
  11. 3. Minuet & Trio - Allegretto
  12. 4. Presto

Disc: 12

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Tempo di minuet, più tosto allegretto
  4. 1. Allegro
  5. 2. Adagio
  6. 3. Menuet
  7. 4. Finale (Moderato molto - Presto)
  8. 1. Adagio
  9. 2. Allegro
  10. 3. Menuetto
  11. 4. Presto assai

Disc: 13

  1. 1. Allegro di molto
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Menuet. Un poco Allegretto
  4. 4. Finale. Presto
  5. 1. Allegro di molto
  6. 2. Andante molto
  7. 3. Menuet. Allegro
  8. 4. Finale. Allegro di molto
  9. 1. Allegro assai
  10. 2. Andante
  11. 3. Menuetto
  12. 4. Finale (Allegro molto)

Disc: 14

  1. 1. Allegro con spirito
  2. 2. Un poco Andante
  3. 3. Menuet
  4. 4. Finale. Presto
  5. 1. Allegro
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuet alla zoppa. Un poco allegretto
  8. 4. Finale. Presto

Disc: 15

  1. 1. Presto
  2. 2. Andante o più tosto Allegretto
  3. 3. Menuetto
  4. 4. Allegro assai
  5. 1. Vivace e con spirito
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuetto
  8. 4. Finale. Presto

Disc: 16

  1. 1. Allegro assai con spirito
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuetto
  4. 1. Moderato e maestoso
  5. 2. Andantino e cantabile
  6. 3. Menuet. Allegretto
  7. 4. Finale. Scherzando e presto

Disc: 17

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuetto
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro)
  5. 1. Allegro con brio
  6. 2. Menuetto (Allegretto) - Canone in Diapason
  7. 3. Adagio
  8. 4. Finale (Presto)

Disc: 18

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
  4. 4. Finale. Allegro
  5. 1. Adagio
  6. 2. Allegro di molto
  7. 3. Menuet
  8. 4. Finale (Presto)

Disc: 19

  1. 1. Allegro assai
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
  4. 4. Finale (Presto - Adagio)
  5. 1. Vivace
  6. 2. Poco adagio
  7. 3. Menuet. Allegretto
  8. 4. Finale. Presto e scherzando

Disc: 20

  1. 1. (Allegro)
  2. 2. Un poco adagio
  3. 3. Menuet al Roverso
  4. 4. Finale (Presto assai)
  5. 1. Vivace
  6. 2. Adagio
  7. 3. Menuetto-Trio I & II
  8. 4. Finale. Allegro

Disc: 21

  1. 1. Allegro assai con brio
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
  4. 4. Finale (Presto)
  5. 1. Allegro con spirito
  6. 2. Largo
  7. 3. Menuet & Trio - Allegretto
  8. 4. Finale: Presto

Disc: 22

  1. 1. Adagio e maestoso
  2. 2. Andante moderato
  3. 3. Menuet
  4. 4. Finale. Presto
  5. 1. Adagio maestoso - Presto
  6. 2. Adagio assai
  7. 3. Menuet - Trio; Allegretto
  8. 4. Finale: Presto
  9. Menuet & Trio in C: Allegretto
  10. Finale in C: Prestissimo

Disc: 23

  1. 1. Allegro di molto
  2. 2. Adagio, ma semplicemente
  3. 3. Menuetto - Trio
  4. 4. Finale (Presto)
  5. 1. Allegro di molto
  6. 2. Adagio
  7. 3. Menuet - Trio
  8. 4. Finale: Prestissimo

Disc: 24

  1. 1. Adagio - (Allegro)
  2. 2. Adagio - Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music
  3. 3. Menuet - Trio: Allegretto
  4. 4. Finale: Prestissimo
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro di molto
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuetto
  8. 4. Presto
  9. 5. Adagio (di Lamentatione)
  10. 6. Finale (Prestissimo)

Disc: 25

  1. 1. Largo maestoso - Vivace
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Menuetto
  4. Finale, Capriccio - Moderato [Symphony in D, H.I No.53 - "L'Impériale"]
  5. Presto [Symphony in D, H.I No.53 - "L'Impériale"]
  6. 1. Adagio maestoso - Presto
  7. 2. Adagio assai
  8. 3. Menuet & Trio: Allegretto
  9. 4. Finale: Presto

Disc: 26

  1. 1. Vivace
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuet & Trio - allegretto
  4. 4. Prestissimo
  5. 1. Allegro con brio
  6. 2. Adagio
  7. 3. Menuetto
  8. 4. Finale (Scherzando e presto)
  9. 1. Vivace
  10. 2. Un poco adagio più tosto andante
  11. 3. Menuetto
  12. 4. Finale (Presto)

Disc: 27

  1. 1. Presto
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuetto
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro di molto - Adagio e cantabile - Allegro di molto
  5. 1. Vivace
  6. 2. Menuetto & Trio
  7. 3. Adagio cantabile
  8. Finale - Presto

Disc: 28

  1. 1. Allegro
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro)
  5. 1. Allegro
  6. 2. "La Roxelane". Allegretto (o più tosto allegro)
  7. 3. Menuet (Allegretto)
  8. 4. Finale (Prestissimo)
  9. 1. Vivace con brio
  10. 2. Andante (Specie d'un canone in contrapunto doppio)
  11. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
  12. 4. Finale (Allegro con brio)

Disc: 29

  1. 1. Adagio - Allegro con brio
  2. 2. Adagio
  3. 3. Menuetto
  4. 4. Finale (vivace)
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuetto
  8. 4. Presto (La chasse)

Disc: 30

  1. 1. Vivace assai
  2. 2. Adagio cantabile
  3. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
  4. 4. Finale (Allegro assai)
  5. 1. Grave - Presto
  6. 2. Andante con Variazioni
  7. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
  8. 4. Finale (Vivace)

Disc: 31

  1. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)
  4. 4. Finale (Vivace)
  5. 1. Adagio - Vivace assai
  6. 2. Andante
  7. 3. Menuet (Allegro molto)
  8. 4. Finale (Allegro di molto)

Disc: 32

  1. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  2. 2. Andante
  3. 3. Menuet (Allegro)
  4. 4. Finale (Spiritoso)
  5. 1. Adagio - Allegro
  6. 2. Allegretto
  7. 3. Menuet (Moderato)
  8. 4. Finale ( Presto)

Product Description

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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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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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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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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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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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Sept. 2015
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This is a fabulous box. It isn't a complete cycle, sadly, but there is a wealth of great music here, superbly played.

The actual contents of the box are Symphonies Nos. 1-75, 94, 96, 100, 104, 107, and 108. It is a great shame that the project was never finished, but the 81 symphonies that are here are quite marvellous. Haydn was a truly great symphonic composer and in my view anyway his symphonies are at least the equal of those of Mozart. There is beauty, passion, tranquillity…you name it, it will be beautifully evoked here somewhere. And, of course, there is Haydn's wonderful wit and twinkle in the eye in abundance.

Hogwood and the AAM play brilliantly. They are a period ensemble, of course, which to me brings a freshness and glow to these works which suits them perfectly. Hogwood was a great conductor and his attention to detail and obvious love of these works produce something quite special, I think. There is always a danger with a large cycle of works that the artists slip into a slightly samey routine but I don't find any hint of that here. This is partly due to the recordings being made over a long period, widely spaced out, but chiefly because the musicians so obviously care about every single movement they play. As a result, I love this set.

The recorded sound is excellent. The notes in this box are a bit sketchy, but full notes are available on-line (thanks to Scratcher for that information and for the link: http://christermalmberg.se/files/pdf/musik/verkkommentarer/haydn_joseph_the_symphonies_volume_1-10.pdf)

It is largely a matter of personal taste whether or not you will feel the same.
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