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Haydn: 12 'London' Symphonies [Live at the Wiener Konzerthaus] Box set, Live


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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
  • Conductor: Marc Minknowski
  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (June 29, 2010)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Live
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Naive
  • ASIN: B0036FOV4W
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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If you want your Haydn authentic or stately, look elsewhere. If you want it bizarre, look here. Marc Minkowski, an unusually creative if sometimes self-indulgent conductor, offers a highly personal set of Haydn's 12 "London" symphonies, without any particular unifying theme or approach except that this is the way Minkowski wanted them to sound during a series of Wiener Konzerthaus performances last year.

Want to be surprised by No. 94, the "Surprise"? Minkowski borrows a joke from the Hoffnung Music Festivals of 50 years ago: When it is time for the famous fortissimo, the orchestra delivers exactly -- nothing. And that really is a surprise, although not the one Haydn intended. So Minkowski plays the lead-in to the "surprise" again, and this time the orchestra shouts instead of playing. Only on the third go-round does the music proceed as expected.

Care for a "Drum Roll"? The ones in the first movement of No. 103 sound like something produced by Donner in Das Rheingold. The delicious little harpsichord solo at the end of No. 98 is intact, but this is the only use of a harpsichord in the set -- apparently Minkowski does not consider the instrument desirable except in this single place.

Even less extreme movements are odd, such as minuets generally taken as fast scherzos with much slower trios. And yet everything is exceptionally well played, and the more straightforward readings (including Nos. 93, 101 and 104) are top-notch. This may be the quirkiest "London" set available, and that is apparently just what Minkowski wanted. -- Mark J. Estren -- The Washington Post - June 29, 2010

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By D. Lopez on July 9, 2010
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I have a lot of recordings of these works (Harnoncourt, Bruggen, Davis, Beecham, Karajan, Solti, Bernstein, Jochum, Norrington, Fey, Shelley, Fischer) and this new Marc Minkowski edition is easily my favorite, by far my favorite, the standard by which I will henceforth judge all others. I received the box set via mail last week, and I honestly just can't stop listening to them over and over again, again and again -- at work, on the subway, late night, before the gym, at the gym, I even added some of them to my Blackberry -- they're really fantastically incredible. There's so much intimacy, so much ferocious vivacious fire vigour zest zeal passion beauty, so much attention to detail, they're honestly living breathing creatures that have renewed my eternal perpetual love for Papa Haydn. I sincerely wish I were at these (recorded live) performances!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Frank Collins on October 13, 2010
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There are currently two reviews on this site: one from a customer calling the performances 'amazing' and one from the Washington Post calling them 'bizarre'. I definitely prefer amazing. Bizarre would be appropriate if the London Symphonies had been performed by an accordion quartet. Personal or even idiosyncratic would be more accurate to contrast these performances with more conventional ones. These are definitely my favorite versions of these wonderful pieces. I purchased this recording at a site that doesn't allow reviews, but I felt moved to communicate my great pleasure in listening to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Claudio Berrotaran on August 4, 2011
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"The delicious little harpsichord solo at the end of No. 98 is intact, but this is the only use of a harpsichord in the set -- apparently Minkowski does not consider the instrument desirable except in this single place." The harpsichord plays in ALL the symphony , and is very audible. A very enjoyable set, save for the "surprise shout"...I edit it out. Result: one of the best available versions of "The Surprise"...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laurence Levine on December 24, 2013
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Minkowski has some interesting ideas and some bad ideas. Symphony 93, 97 and 102 are the outstanding accounts. Headlong tempo passion and intensity. The surprise is ruined by his ruining of the surprise moment. There is no tracking in this movement that allows a listener to bypass the ridiculous. Three surprises - no surprise, then a shout and finally as Haydn wrote it. The tempi are decent but I prefer the super speed Toscanini that comes close to Czerny's metronome marks of Haydn's 94th. Symphonies 95 & 96 are decent (both repeats are taken in the first movement of 96). Number 98 would have been a superior performance if not for the continuo playing. Except for Haydn's specified bars the playing is soft and hardly noticeable. Then, when playing the written out music, it is normal volume and bracing. The listeners were supposed to hear the continuo (which was improvised by Haydn) and then be surprised by a greater prominence. Obviously the affect is ruined by the non continuo continuo playing. Outside of that the performance is fine with a stunning strict tempo introduction. Number 99 (with the repeat in the slow movement) & 100 are nothing special - just average (except for the faster than usual first movement tempo of 100). Minkowski's occasional faster than usual minuets (in line with the latest understanding of tempo) are for the most pat ruined by taking the trios at slower fairly traditional tempi. The Clock's fine performance is ruined by a perfect minuet tempo followed by a slower trio. The drum roll is improvised ending in a cadenza both times during the first movement. Outside of an unusually fast first movement tempo, this performance is only pretty good. The last, number 104 is given a bracing performance closer to the norm. I cannot recommend this set.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. R. Trtek TOP 1000 REVIEWER on September 21, 2012
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First, brief comments about perhaps the two most controversial moments in this set. The drum work during Symphony No. 103 irritates me, but I hardly view it as a crime against humanity, and I can tolerate it. On the other hand, the screaming during the Surprise Symphony truly grates. I hate it, period. Having said that about the few horrible seconds in these performances, I can then praise all the many other minutes contained in these discs. My favorite old style big band version of the London Symphonies is Bernstein's with the New York Philharmonic, while I have been going with Bruggen and the Orchestra of the 18th Century for original instrument performances. Recently, however, I've come to enjoy Harnoncourt's set with the Royal Concertgebouw -- renditions that apply Harnoncourt's muscular approach to Mozart with (to me) unexpected success. Minkowski's set seems to me a tad less deep-throated than Harnoncourt's, but it's just about as energetic and full of propulsive energy, though possessing a bit more refinement. Is it too hurried to convey the composer's wit and geniality? Maybe; I'm not sure. I suppose much of life involves trade-offs, though, and if Minkowski's interpretations lack humor, then I don't want to be funny. I'm taking another reviewer's advice and not playing this set's performance of the Surprise Symphony. What I'm left with is another group of London Symphonies (minus one) to add to my collection of top choices.
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