Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92 & 93, 97-99 (2014)

Haydn

London Symphony Orchestra

Sir Colin Davis

The compositional circumstances of Haydn’s last 23 symphonies were very different from those of their 80-odd predecessors, most of which had been written primarily for local performance at the court of his employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterh.zy. The 1780s saw the composer’s international fame and popularity rise to new heights, and after a Parisian concert society known as the Concert de la Loge Olympique commissioned a set of six symphonies from him in 1785, his subsequent examples were all written for foreign consumption.

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London Symphony Orchestra

The LSO was formed in 1904 as London’s first self-governing orchestra and has been resident orchestra at the Barbican since 1982. Valery Gergiev became Principal Conductor in 2007 following in the footsteps of Hans Richter, Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Thomas Beecham, André Previn, Claudio Abbado and Michael Tilson Thomas, among others. Sir Colin Davis had previously held the position since 1995 and from 2007 became the LSO’s first President since Leonard Bernstein. The Orchestra gives numerous concerts around the world each year, plus more performances in London than any other orchestra. It is the world’s most recorded symphony orchestra and has appeared on some of the greatest classical recordings and film soundtracks. The LSO also runs LSO Discovery, its ground-breaking education programme that is dedicated to introducing the finest music to young and old alike and lets everyone learn more from the Orchestra’s players. For more information visit lso.co.uk

Sir Colin Davis

Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra from 1995, and then President from 2006 until his death in 2013, Sir Colin Davis performed regularly with the LSO at the Barbican and on tour. As well as featuring on many LSO Live recordings, helping to provide the label with significant profile in its early days, he also recorded widely with Philips, BMG and Erato. His LSO Live releases have won numerous prizes, including Grammy and Gramophone Awards, and a BBC Music Magazine Award (2007), and have covered, among others, repertoire by Berlioz, Dvo?.k, Elgar, Haydn, MacMillan, Sibelius, Tippett, and Verdi. Sir Colin was formerly Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra (1967–71), became the Music Director of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1971, and was Principal Guest Conductor of the New York Philharmonic from 1998 to 2003. Other orchestras he held prominent positions with include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchetra, the Dresden Staatskapelle, and the English Chamber Orchestra.

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Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92 & 93, 97-99 (2014)

Haydn

London Symphony Orchestra

    Presto Classical

Top 10 Discs of 2014 These performances simply radiate joy: you can almost see Davis's benevolent smile… I really can't recommend these new performances highly enough.

    Classic FM (UK)

All of these symphonies' expressive strength and rigour, their invention and mastery of form, are laid bare in these revelatory performances which confirm for all time Sir Colin's reputation as a pre-eminent interpreter of Haydn's music. He doesn't hold back and relishes the warmth of Haydn's sound world.

    BBC Radio 3 - Building a Library

Sir Colin Davis was famously disinterested in the historically informed school of Haydn, yet there’s so much tender affection for the music and appreciation of its wit and imagination as you just heard, that despite some stately tempi these performances are richly rewarding.

    The Arts Desk

There's so much to admire. The Barbican's dryish acoustic really works in Haydn's favour – timpani are nicely in tune and the LSO solo winds excel. A delectable pair of CDs.

    HDMusic.me

This is a richly rewarding and highly enjoyable set. The playing of the LSO is consistently excellent and one gets the distinct impression that the players were enjoying themselves – as well they might. Sir Colin’s way with Haydn is cultivated and invariably satisfying. These are a fine reminder of the stylish musicality of Sir Coin Davis. Two hours listening to late Haydn symphonies under his perceptive guidance is time very well spent.

    Classical Source

The recorded sound is excellent, and final applause has been removed. This is a release to treasure for great music and magnificent readings of it (and one doesn't forget Sir Colin's previous Haydn Symphonies, like tulips, from Amsterdam) ... and the front cover is quite striking in a feel-good way. Believe me, a couple of hours spent in the company of “Papa” Haydn and with a conductor who tapped so perceptively and benevolently into this imaginative and indestructible music (and which is so adaptable to a devoted and without-dogma approach, as here) makes the World a better place.

    BBC Music Magazine -

**** Performance **** Recording This new selection, recorded live in the Barbican in 2010-11, deploys an equally large orchestral line-up and makes as few concessions to ‘period’ performance. The performance is notaby warmer and more personal, however; it glows with affection for this life-enhancing music.

Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92 & 93, 97-99 (2014)

Haydn

London Symphony Orchestra

Mastering Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Producer: James Malinson
Recording Engineer: Classic Sound Ltd. Neil Hutchinson, Jonathan Stokes
Recording location: Barbicon Center London
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Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': i. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
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Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': ii. Adagio cantabile
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Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': iii. Menuetto: Allegretto
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Symphony No. 92 in G major, 'Oxford': iv. Presto
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Symphony No. 93 in D major: i. Adagio - Allegro assai
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Symphony No. 93 in D major: ii. Largo cantabile
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Symphony No. 93 in D major: iii. Menuetto: Allegro
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Symphony No. 93 in D major: iv. Finale: Presto ma non troppo
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Symphony No. 97 in C major: i. Adagio - Allegro assai
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Symphony No. 97 in C major: ii. Adagio ma non troppo
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Symphony No. 97 in C major: iii. Menuetto e Trio: Allegretto
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Symphony No. 97 in C major: iv. Finale: Presto assai
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Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: i. Adagio - Allegro
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Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: ii. Adagio
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Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: iii. Menuetto: Presto
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Symphony No. 98 in B flat major: iv. Finale: Presto
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Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: i. Adagio - Vivace assai
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Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: ii. Adagio
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Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: iii. Menuetto e Trio: Allegretto
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Symphony No. 99 in E flat major: iv. Finale: Vivace
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