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Haydn: Symphonies 21-39 Box set


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  • Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
  • Conductor: Adam Fischer
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (November 13, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 5
  • Format: Box set
  • 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: Nimbus Records
  • ASIN: B00005QCYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Symphony No. 21 in A major, H. 1/21: Adagio
2. Symphony No. 21 in A major, H. 1/21: Presto
3. Symphony No. 21 in A major, H. 1/21: Menuetto & Trio
4. Symphony No. 21 in A major, H. 1/21: Finale. Allegro molto
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Symphony No. 25 in C major, H. 1/25: Adagio
2. Symphony No. 25 in C major, H. 1/25: Menuetto & Trio
3. Symphony No. 25 in C major, H. 1/25: Presto
4. Symphony No. 26 in D minor ('Lamentatione'), H. 1/26: Allegro assai con spirito
See all 17 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Symphony No. 30 in C major ('Alleluja'), H. 1/30: Allegro
2. Symphony No. 30 in C major ('Alleluja'), H. 1/30: Andante
3. Symphony No. 30 in C major ('Alleluja'), H. 1/30: Finale. Tempo di Menuet, piu tosto Allegretto
4. Symphony No. 31 in D major ('Hornsignal'), H. 1/31: Allegro
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Symphony No. 34 in D minor/D major, H. 1/34: Adagio
2. Symphony No. 34 in D minor/D major, H. 1/34: Allegro
3. Symphony No. 34 in D minor/D major, H. 1/34: Menuetto & Trio
4. Symphony No. 34 in D minor/D major, H. 1/34: Presto assai
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Disc: 5
1. Symphony No. 38 in C major, H. 1/38: Allegro molto
2. Symphony No. 38 in C major, H. 1/38: Andante molto
3. Symphony No. 38 in C major, H. 1/38: Menuetto & Trio
4. Symphony No. 38 in C major, H. 1/38: Allegro
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You will hear chamber serenade, harpsichord run, or violin solo in the most unexpected spots.
Jonson Lee
These performances are included in the Brilliant Classics Haydn set, but if you can't afford that set or just want to collect in installment, this a a great choice.
Kelvin Brown
As with the previous volumes this one is fully digital, the technical quality of these discs is excellent.
R. Graham

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Graham on November 28, 2001
Well it took 14 years, but this 5 disc volume completes the 32 disc collection of Haydn symphonies.
As with the previous volumes this one is fully digital, the technical quality of these discs is excellent.
I have all 8 volumes and have been happy with every one of them.
The sounds of Adam Fischer and the Austro-Hungarian Orchestra are splendid. This group of symphonies (21-39) is quickly becoming one of my favorites.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonson Lee on February 22, 2007
Some say Haydn's ingenuity is even greater than that of Mozart's or Beethoven's. When listening to this brilliantly played set, I find myself becoming a convert of the belief. Haydn experimented with a variety of musical tools in these works. Surprising twists and turns are abundant. You will hear chamber serenade, harpsichord run, or violin solo in the most unexpected spots. Instruments are sometimes played in very unconventional ways resulting in exotic sounds - similar to what Berlioz and Mahler did later. Structure is toyed with in many symphonies, especially in the early ones.

In Austro-Hungrarian Orchestra, Adam Fischer finds an all-in chef's toolkit needed to cook these delightful ingredients. The woodwinds not only sing but also coo and meow. Strings melt your heart to a puddle with their exquisite pianissimo. Horns are expressive yet stylish. The whole orchestra knows how to knock themselves out when the music calls for it. The overall timbre is unlike any other orchestra I've ever heard, period or conventional. It's bright, edgy and folksy at the same time. It sounds like a virtuosic chamber ensemble rather than an orchestra except in the big symphonies. I believe the closest thing to their sound is Vienna Philharmonic playing Johann Strauss waltzes. Throw in a hint of gypsy flavor then it would be even closer.

Because this is a massive 33-CD set, there are inevitably a few imperfections. In a handful of spots the strings are not perfectly together. Adding to this, some of the violins have very distinctive tones which don't blend well with others when the music gets energetic. As to the engineering, some of the symphonies recorded early in the cycle are captured with too much reverberation, especially some London symphonies which sound soft-edged.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kelvin Brown on August 21, 2011
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I heard a few pieces of Haydn when I was in junior high school and came to the unfortunate decision that he wasn't as interesting as Handel or Beethoven. At the time I had not given Mozart or Bach a listen beyond the old Columbia Masterworks recordings. Then, while selling audio equipment in the mid-1980s I discovered the Nimbus label. I was trying to collect Debussy and I had read a review of the Martin Jones Debussy recordings. I was impressed. And then I found other excellent recordings on that label. Which lead me to discover these Haydn Symphony recordings. I purchased a couple of these set and was impressed with the sound, but never really gave the discs a discerning listen they deserved. Then I discovered Naxos, which lead me to Jeno Jando's Complete Haydn Piano Sonata recordings. Which lead me to finish collecting these fine Nimbus sets.

I listen on an audiophile system which shows up every nuance of the original recording without shaping or enhancing the sound. Adam Fisher and the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra deliver, to my ears, one of the most fabulous sets of Classical period recordings I've ever heard. I own complete sets of Mozart concertos and symphonies, Beethoven, Schubert and others.
The performances by the orchestra are sensitive, nuanced, detailed, and tempos never rush, never drag. One of the main things that distinguish these recordings is the obvious cooperation and partnership between the conductor and the recording engineers.

One of the things that every single Nimbus record shares is the amount of care that goes into capturing the acoustic temperment of performance venues. Hall, Cathedral, studio. What you get here is bite without brassiness or harshness. Perfect balance and equalization.
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