HAYDN London Symphonies, vol.1 Royal Concertgebouw

JOSEPH HAYDN

'London' Symphonies, Vol.1
95, 96, 98, 102, 103, 104
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Sir Colin Davis
Int. Release 13 Sep. 1994
2 CDs / Download
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Track List

CD 1: Haydn: The London Symphonies - Nos. 95, 96, 98 & 102 - 104

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.95 In C Minor, Hob.I:95

2.
4:17

3.
4:58

Symphony No.98 In B-Flat Major, Hob.I:98

6.
6:31

Symphony No.104 in D Major, Hob.I:104 - "London"

10.
8:11

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis

Total Playing Time: 1:15:13

CD 2: Haydn: The London Symphonies - Nos. 95, 96, 98 & 102 - 104

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.96 In D Major, Hob.I:96 - "The Miracle"

2.
5:35

Symphony No.102 In B Flat Major, Hob.I:102

6.
5:42

Symphony No.103 in E-flat Major, Hob.I:103 - "Drum Roll"

11.
4:43

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Colin Davis

Total Playing Time: 1:15:24

. . . miraculously precise . . . the clarity of articulation and inner detail are almost past praise -- great credit to the Dutch players, not to mention the conductor and balance engineers . . . the results can be wholeheartedly recommended . . . superlative playing . . . recording is first-rate and perfectly matches the stature of the playing with an acoustic that is at once spacious and responsive to detail . . . [the Concertgebouw endows] the music with its richest tone . . . there's always a sense of forward momentum and motility about them, of inevitability, in a way . . . The virtues of Davis's "London" Symphonies are that they always shine out; there's a remarkable clarity to them -- those lovely, very characteristic woodwind solos especially . . . There's a homogeneity about the whole thing which is very rewarding and satisfying . . . a wonderful testament to a feeling of this music's central importance to the orchestral repertoire . . . They've stood the test of time.

Sir Colin Davis and the Concertgebouw's recordings from the late 1970s combine humanity, drama and pure fun.