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Haydn: London Symphonies V.2 Nos. 95, 96, 98, 99, 101, 102 Import

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  • Conductor: Antal Dorati
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal/Decca
  • ASIN: B000009M5C
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #620,141 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Prescott Cunningham Moore on January 4, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Antal Dorati's legendary traversal of the Haydn symphonies was for many years the only complete set (by one conductor and orchestra) of the symphonies. Today, although there are some other complete sets as well as many great period performances, Dorati's cycle still reigns supreme. Dorati manages to make these works still sound fresh and vibrate after two hundred years. There is a level of spontaneity, as well as an ever obvious sense of joy that make the Dorati traversal the best. It may seem like hyperbole, but Dorati is as close as you will get to "perfect" when it comes to Haydn.

In these CDs, several of the popular "London" symphonies are glowing showcased. Although these performances were recorded in the 70s, the sound is crystal clear. I strongly suggest buying this CD not only for the fantastic music but also for the chance to become acquainted with Dorati. Soon you will find yourself purchasing the complete 33 disc set.
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By DaddyD on April 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This Dorati set belongs in everyone's collection. Every symphony is played with "eerie" consistency. Tempos are leisurely...not for those who want their Haydn "brisk..." Sound is excellent...another example of not every new digital recording being the best. Invest the extra $$$ and buy at least the 2 sets of the London series...you will listen and appreciate these on a regular basis...
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wizkid on August 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Back when it first was released nearly 40 years ago, Dorati's recording of the complete Haydn symphonies with the Philharmonia Hungarica was quickly recognized as a great milestone achievement in classical music. It has long been a recipient of the coveted Penguin Guide rosette, indicating a unique and treasured recording. The quality of the playing, the sensitivity of direction, the consistency of performance, the clarity and depth of sound--all these are still impeccable, as evinced by the continued availability of the complete box set in the catalog, even at exorbitant new prices or only slightly reduced used prices. People are still willing to buy--even longing to buy--this complete set. It is rivalled only by Adam Fischer's recording.
These selections (together with vol. 1) comprise the "London" symphonies, numbers 93 to 104 complete, the symphonies composed by the maestro for and during his second and last visit to the well-paying public of London, where Haydn was lionized as the greatest living composer. These symphonies are widely and correctly recognized as the crowning achievement of Haydn's virtual invention of the classical symphony and its elevation to the major form of classical music written for a large public audience, as his compeers, Mozart (Haydn's good friend) and Beethoven (his quondam student), soon realized--in every sense of that word.
Therefore, it only makes sense to buy these recordings, until you can buy the complete box set--or if, like many, you are more frugal and/or wary of owning 100 plus symphonies by the same composer, instead of buying the complete set. Especially since these CDs are inexplicably no longer available domestically, these recordings are a "must have."
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