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Haydn: The Paris Symphonies Nos. 82-87 Import

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  • Orchestra: Orch De La Suisse Romande
  • Conductor: Ernest Ansermet
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (May 26, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eloquence Australia
  • ASIN: B0027GWJEU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #100,633 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Ernest ansermet was the first conductor to record the six "paris" symphonies of haydn. Charming works, full of humorous touches, they were reissued often on lp, with some of the most entertaining covers ever seen (these are reproduced in the booklet).

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Doug - Haydn Fan VINE VOICE on June 11, 2009
Haydn's Paris Symphonies mark the second highpoint of major symphonic works in his long career. (For the first you have to go back to the so-called Sturm und Drang works starting around Symphony 44.) The Paris set of six symphonies includes four excellent works, 82, nicknamed "The Bear"; 83, "The Hen"; 85, "La Reine - The Queen"; and 86, which, though lacking a name might be the best of all. This set marks a significant improvement in scale over the composers previous recent works. Much of this is due to the Paris commission, giving Haydn both major recognition - and financial rewards - as well as a chance to show off away from home in a country long since gone quite mad for his music. (Nearly 80% of all orchestra concerts in Paris at the time were of Haydn's music - or imposters claiming to be Haydn.) The Parisian Orchestra he was to compose for boasted no fewer than forty violins - so sources claim - and Haydn took full advantage of the weight and power available. Haydn may have avoided clarinets, but otherwise gave of his best when it came to the scoring - the famous animal sounds for the Bear, the comic clucking of the Hen; the radiant details of the variations in La Reine, Symphony 85, the Queen's favorite; and the now rarely heard conclusion of 84's slow movement, reaching a zenith of woodwind writing over a delectable backdrop of pizzicato strings.

Sets of this music are now quite common - Ansermet's, recorded by Decca back in the early sixties, marked the first time all the symphonies were offered. Dorati's complete set of all the Haydn symphonies is now broken up and you can find the Paris set offered separately -
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I just purchased Ernest Ansermet's delightfully full 2-disc set of Papa Haydn's "Paris" Symphonies, sounding as fresh as the day they were recorded, and I have the original LPs as proof. Somewhat fleeter and lightly jocular compared to Bernstein's classic recordings, they were best described by Irving Kolodin decades ago in the Saturday Review as being "more of the courtyard than the court."

J. William Myers
Nashville, TN 37212
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Climacus on March 10, 2011
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I agree wholeheartedly with the other reviewers as to the merits of Ansermet's Haydn. Many years ago, when I was first exploring Haydn's symphonic output, Ansermet's trenchant and serious-minded interpretations of the *Paris* symphonies served to dispel the myth of a senile benevolence commonly referred to as "Papa Haydn." There is nothing remotely quaint about this rustic "Bear" or frothily galant about this stately "Queen." Ansermet's Hen may not cluck and peck as daintily as some--she's more interested in mocking the *Sturm und Drang* preoccupations of yesteryear. Finest of all, perhaps is the great and underappreciated E-flat symphony, which aspires to a nobility and gravitas that anticipates Beethoven. Indeed, I find Ansermet's big-boned, but never flabby, approach to Haydn serves as a welcome reminder that Beethoven knew and admired his mentor's symphonic works for their humanitarian values as much as for their quicksilver wit. Those values come to the fore with Ansermet as they rarely have with other conductors (Bernstein always excepted). The SRO, often maligned, responds with crisp ensemble and (mostly) reliable intonation, even if the wind-players' phrasing is occasionally on the stiff side. The remastered recording sounds as fresh and wholesome as the performances. Nothing artificial here--either sonically or musically. Strongly recommended, especially at bargain price, though not in preference to Bernstein whose stunningly athletic *Paris* cycle conveys a remarkable affinity with the composer.
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