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Haydn: London Symphonies Vol. 1

Franz Joseph Haydn , Colin Davis , Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.95 - 1. Allegro moderatoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.95 - 2. AndanteRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.95 - 3. MenuettoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Haydn: Symphony in C minor, H.I No.95 - 4. Finale (Vivace)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.98 - 1. Adagio - AllegroRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:02Album Only
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listen  7. Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.98 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.98 - 4. Finale (Presto)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:03Album Only
listen  9. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.104 - "London" - 1. Adagio - AllegroRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:29Album Only
listen10. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.104 - "London" - 2. AndanteRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 8:10Album Only
listen11. Haydn: Symphony No.104 in D Major, Hob.I:104 - "London" - 3. Menuet (Allegro)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.104 - "London" - 4. Finale (Spiritoso)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:53$0.99  Buy MP3 


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listen  1. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.96 - "The Miracle" - 1. Adagio - AllegroRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.96 - "The Miracle" - 2. AndanteRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.96 - "The Miracle" - 3. Menuetto (Allegretto)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Haydn: Symphony in D, H.I No.96 - "The Miracle" - 4. Finale (Vivace)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 1. Largo - VivaceRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 7:57Album Only
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listen  7. Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 3. Menuetto (Allegro)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Haydn: Symphony in B flat, H.I No.102 - 4. Finale. PrestoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.103 - "Drum Roll" - 1. Adagio - Allegro con spiritoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 9:25Album Only
listen10. Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.103 - "Drum Roll" - 2. Andante piů tosto allegrettoRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra10:34Album Only
listen11. Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.103 - "Drum Roll" - 3. Menuet - TrioRoyal Concertgebouw Orchestra 4:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Haydn: Symphony in E flat, H.I No.103 - "Drum Roll" - 4. Finale (Allegro con spirito)Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra 5:29$0.99  Buy MP3 


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  • Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (October 11, 1994)
  • SPARS Code: ADD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Philips
  • ASIN: B0000041AQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,499 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Someone once commented on the "sulphurous devilishness" of Haydn's surprises in the London symphonies. But it should come as no surprise that one of the best recordings of these works is from Sir Colin Davis, whose accounts with the Concertgebouw Orchestra stand among the most exalted phonographic accomplishments of recent years. There is a Beechamesque quality to these readings, and when it comes to Haydn, that is praise indeed. They are exceptionally personable, characterful, likable interpretations, with wit, warmth, and life in every measure. All 12 symphonies are wonderfully played and very well recorded. At full price, these recordings would be a top choice; as midprice offerings, three symphonies to a disc (averaging more than 75 minutes of music each), they're a steal. --Ted Libbey

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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comparison - Jochum's Set vs. Colin Davis' May 2, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Jochum and London Phil deliver the highest level of Haydn playing just like Colin Davis and Concertgebow do. I own both and tried to compare between two.

Jochum adds plenty of personal touches that decidedly grab your attention. You hear poignant romanticism or Beethoven-like roar in many places. Colin Davis, by comparison, lets the music flow naturally and makes it sound more balanced. Colin Davis sure gets a lot of help from the gorgeous Concertgebow band - silky but vivacious strings, show-stopping woodwinds, bright brass section, etc. In his set, you hear more of the orchestra than Colin Davis. I think it's the other way around in Jochum set. Concergebow's sound is more transparent and charmingly light-footed while London Phil sounds fuller and creamier without losing crispness. You get more agility and refinement from Davis set. You get more expressiveness and warmth from Jochum's.
Let me emphasize that all of the good qualities I attributed to either of the sets actually exist in both (they are inherently in Haydn's writing). It's just that some qualities are more apparent in one than the other.
As to the recording, Colin Davis set has more sparkle and vividness. It sounds more modern. Jochum's has a typical old-fashioned analogue sound in a very good way. It has plenty of natural ambience but doesn't sound muddy.
I recommend you buy both of these delightful and affordable sets. I never regretted doing so :-)
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haydn's London Symphonies January 28, 2006
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Haydn's twelve London Symphonies represent the culmination of Haydn's long and slow development as a symphonist. They remain among the greatest most varied set of symphonies ever written. Haydn composed them in two sets of six, for two lengthy trips to London in 1791 --1792 and 1794 -- 1795. The symphonies have been recorded in their entirety by many conductors, including Beecham, Scherchen,Bernstein, Jochum, and Van Karajan, but the set by Sir Colin Davis conducting the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is justly renowned. Davis's readings are available on two two-CD sets from Phillips, each of which sell at a modest price. There is no better way for the newcomer to get to know Haydn's masterworks. The first of the Phillips volumes, which I discuss here includes three of the earlier symphonies of the group, nos. 95,96, and 98, together with the magisterial final three symphonies, nos 102, 103, and 104.

Haydn's music speaks to the beginner in music (Remember the slow movement of the "surprise" symphony, known to every child.) as well as to the most demanding listener. The London audience for which he wrote them consisted both of people who knew little of music together with highly knowledgeable and sophisticated music lovers. Haydn had the ability to please both. The London symphonies are full of memorable and simple tunes, concertante solos for many instruments, jokes, and gimmicks. But they also include great musical variety, highly original slow introductions which become deeply integrated with the body of the work, deep slow movements, great development of material, creative orchestration, and extensive use of counterpoint. The symphonies have best been described as exemplifying a "sense of grandeur". They are large-scale, serious compositions, full of ease and mastery.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HALF A PERFECT HAYDN-LONDON CYCLE May 6, 2008
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Mr. Vernooy, who has posted an unfavorable review of the first volume of these performances, is onto something. Now, while he has posted his cable in 'Vienna' ("the situation is hopeless but not serious"), I am telegraphing from 'Berlin' ("the situation is serious but not hopeless"). But I agree with him on two points :

(1) I also dislike most 'authenticist' Haydn, which, in the name of stripping away "post-Romantic sameness," tends to impose an all-purpose, ascetic Rococco "sameness" of its own. This can diminish the unique "personality" of each of these symphonies. It even tends to obliterate personality differences between composers of genius (i.e, Handel & Haydn, or Handel and Mozart, BARELY sound any different from each other).

(2) IMHO, about half of these performances tend toward the bland and careful - except for 95, 98, 99, 101, 102 & 104, which by themselves are enough to earn "5 stars" from me.

The "London Twelve" possess far too much variety of invention and richness of content, for any one conductor-and-orchestra to have inscribed definitive versions of "each and every" one of 'em. Boxed sets may be a good, economical introduction to cycles of great works (in which case, either Jochum's LPO or Bernstein's NY set might be "the one"). But if you want the VERY best, at THIS level of genius, then you must overcome the "boxed set" mentality and go piecemeal - even if it means some "duplication." Bottom line : these symphonies are WORTH IT.

My favorite recordings of the "Londons" :

93 & 94 : Szell / Cleveland (1967-68). Nobody executes the chamber music "filagree" of # 93 more exquisitely - or gets a more "foul emination" from the bassoons at the end of # 93's 2nd movement...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A feat of intelligent directing March 13, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is an exceptional collection. Recorded two decades ago it is still over all the best set of Haydn's London Symphonies. Haydn's remarkable career is notorious among other things for having encompassed Mozart's life, and witness Beethoven's start. Most remarkably still is that he was able to evolve and adapt to the changing music that he heard through life. From a court composer who defined what symphony would be from then on, he listened to the enriching genius of Mozart and wrote his set of London Symphonies between 1791 and 1795. There his very own genius clearly shows, by writing music that had little to envy the later Mozart masterpieces. At 60 Haydn went from a court composer of playful and entertaining music of high quality to an almost pre romantic composer of subdued but real passion, of impeccable taste, of thoughtful meditation. Then he just went on to his third career as a mass and oratorio composer. The secret to interpret Haydn is to understand that, that he was a serious composer, not a showman like Mozart or a Passionaria like Beethoven. Haydn is ever the gentleman and his music should always be played with restraint and elegance, even in the more extroverted pieces like these. Colin Davis succeeds admirably to create an unrivalled ensemble. Certainly, you will find an individual symphony here and there that is "a better performance" than what Mr. Davis serves here. But the virtues here is the ensemble, the scope over a total of 12 symphonies rolling for 4 CD of 70 + minutes each. Mr. Davis `s work here is simply a tremendous feat, unmatched. And at bargain prices it is a steal.
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As with Volume II, the RCOA is indispensable and the acoustic is clear and warm. Competition is rife throughout. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Haydn Symphonies, Vol 1
The Haydn Vol. 1 CD was given as a gift and he was very pleased with the quality and content. I have already purchased Haydn's Vol 2 so that he can have the complete set.
Published on March 20, 2010 by C. Partington
5.0 out of 5 stars The best modern set of the London Symphonies - Magical
There are certainly many very good choices for Haydn's masterful last 12 symphonies, named the London Symphonies" because he was a resident of London at the time he wrote the... Read more
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