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Haydn: Symphonies 99-104 Original recording remastered

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  • Conductor: Sir Thomas Beecham
  • Audio CD (20 Oct. 2003)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B0000CE7FQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,325 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. I. Adagio - Vivace assai
  2. II. Adagio
  3. III. Minuet (Allegretto) & Trio
  4. IV. Vivace
  5. I. Adagio - Allegro
  6. II. Allegretto
  7. III. Menuet (Moderato) - Trio
  8. IV. Finale: Presto
  9. I. Adagio - Allegro
  10. II. Andante più tosto allegretto
  11. III. Menuetto
  12. IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito

Disc: 2

  1. I. Adagio - Presto
  2. II. Andante
  3. III. Menuet (Allegretto) & Trio
  4. IV. Vivace
  5. I. Largo - Allegro vivace
  6. II. Adagio
  7. III. Menuetto (Allegro) and Trio
  8. IV. Finale: Presto
  9. I. Adagio - Allegro
  10. II. Andante
  11. III. Menuet
  12. IV. Spiritoso

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Unlike another reviewer my discs were perfect. The performances are perfect as well. The recordings are beautiful being clear, well balanced and having a pleasant body to the sound which gives an added bounce to these compositions. These must rate as some of the best perfomances of these symphonies and would make a worthwhile addition to any collection. The two cds in one slim case also makes this a very attractive bargain.
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Minor concerns regarding textual matters are insignificant when these performances are so refreshingly alive to the spirit of Haydn. Beecham famously declared that musicologists were, if I recollect the quote correctly, "people who could read music but couldn't hear it", and these elegant performances magically capture the essence of each symphony, with that unique Beecham geniality that makes these readings so valuable. The early stereo sound holds out very well for the period.
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By DAVID BRYSON TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Oct. 2009
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To get one issue out of the way, there is no technical fault in my copy of this set either in the last track of the second disc (as reported by some American collectors) or elsewhere.

What a relief, because this is heavenly stuff. These symphonies date from Haydn's later years, specifically his last visit to London. The performances are also among the last in Beecham's long career, and so they too reflect his final maturity. Between them, composer and interpreter seem to me to personify the quality that Aristotle identified as the main purpose of our existence. He called it `eudaimonia', which in my opinion does not mean happiness but means living in harmony with the gods. Beecham did not believe in God, but some god or gods seem to have believed in Beecham, because to this day I can think of no conductor whose work is so characterised by elegance. That does not imply any lack of power when called for, but it is a quality that matches the music of Haydn to something like perfection. Grace, shapeliness, proportion, whimsy wit and humour of course too - these are the main characteristics of Haydn. Beecham was in love with the idiom, and he can convey everything that it expresses. There are some famous `effects' in these symphonies, and the commentators have rather over-commented on them in my own opinion. The start of # 103 with its drum roll and the portentous phrases that come next foreshadow the 19th century and romanticism certainly, but the `ticking' in the `clock' symphony is graceful rather than quirky or comic, and gracefully is how Beecham does it. Again, Beecham does not overplay the `Turkish' music that has earned symphony # 100 its nickname of `military', because this was simply a piece of orchestral colouring that 18th century masters used for occasional variety.
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An excellent recording and one which I thoroughly enjoyed. Beech as usual setting a very high standard for the orchestra.
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