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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 100 - Military, & 102

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. G Major Hob1:88 I. Adagio - Allegro
  2. II. Allegro
  3. III. Menuetto Allegretto - Trio
  4. IV. Finale. Allegro con spirito
  5. G Major Hob1:100 (Military) I. Adagio - Allegro
  6. II.Allegretto
  7. III. Menuet. Moderato - Trio
  8. IV. Finale Presto
  9. B Flat Major Hob1:102 I. Largo Vivace
  10. II. Adagio
  11. III.Menuet Allegro - Trio
  12. IV. Finale Presto

Product Details

  • Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic
  • Conductor: Bruno Walter
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (December 29, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • Run Time: 69 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002A8B
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #228,271 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 14, 2006
Two of these Haydn symphonies, #88 and #100, are in stereo with the Columbia Sym. from March sessions in 1961. By that date quite a few of Walter's efforts in the studio were showing a marked lack of vigor and alertness. We can compare these two readings with the Sym. #102, a mono recording made with the NY Phil. in 1953, a time when Walter was producing some of his most vigorous Mozart recordings. The expected contrast is clear in the minuets, where the earlier reading, though weighty by contemporary standards, doesn't become heavy-footed. The minuet of Sym. #100 suffers from that defect, and to a lesser extent so does Sym. #88.

However, in the allegro first movments and finales the later recordings are buoyant and energetic. By themselves they would stand as classic Haydn performances, more alive and humane than George Szell's from the same period. But turning to the NY Phil. performance of Sym. 102, one hears truly great Haydn. This is far more alive than Furtwangler's rather ponderous readings and preferable to Klemperer's inflexibility. The mono sound is a bit edgy in loud passages but overall quite excellent for its era, making this performance sound as expansive as it is joyous. In all, this CD is one of the highlights of the Walter Edition.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Brad Richman HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 5, 2003
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As someone who has only recently begun seriously collecting classical CDs, the Bruno Walter Edition has been a revelation. Not only do many of the titles in this series offer Walter's "Indian Summer" recordings with the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, but they also feature many of the conductor's performances from the 1950s during his association with the New York Philharmonic. On this CD you get some of each -- a classic mono performance from 1953 with the NYPO of Haydn's 102nd Symphony, and Symphonies Nos. 88 and 100 in stereo with the CSO from 1961. I should conclude by saying that since making a point of acquiring all of the Bruno Walter Edition titles earlier this year, I have witnessed several of them falling prey to silent deletion. So order the Bruno Walter Edition titles quickly, because these recordings made during the twilight of Walter's career, seem to be in the twilight of their own life as well.
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It has been a joy for me to acquire this CD, as I have long enjoyed and highly respected Bruno Walter's music making.

First of all, a raspberry to Sony for not including dates and places of recording, or even which orchestra plays which symphony.

Symphony #102 was on a mono LP (along with #96), probably recorded in the 1950's. The performance is brisk and uplifting in the first, third and fourth movements. In the second movement (Adagio) Walter maintains a leisurely tempo while creating melodic phrases that arc long distances. This is something Walter has repeatedly demonstrated. In the fourth movement Walter captures all the humor Haydn wrote into this music. The recorded sound is somewhat treble-heavy, with the winds noticeably behind the strings. Regardless, this is a wonderful performance.

Symphonies #s 88 and 100 were from a stereo LP recorded somewhere in the late 1950's or early '60s by the Los Angeles-area orchestra Columbia assembled for Walter. In #100 ("Military") the performance is more leisurely throughout than in #102, but the rhythms are well-sprung, giving a very "processional" character to each movement. #88 in G Major I have known and enjoyed for many years from another LP by Walter. This one also is leisurely in tempo (except the last movement) but nothing drags. His second movement, a genuine Largo ("broad") is well-paced, but is not the slowest around (surprise! It was Toscanini, whose second movt. takes 7:39 vs. Walter's 7:20) Both of the CSO recordings are well-played and well-performed.
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...listenable after many years of service of lp and cd. However I do wish that Walter's #96 had replaced #88 on cd. It is
the weakest performance of the three on this cd, primarily because of slow tempi. it sounds heavier/more lumbering
than Otto Klemperer's moderately paced EMI version, and heavier than my other favorite 88s: Davis/RCOA/Pentatone;
Jochum/BPO/DG; Reiner/CSO/RCA and Adam Fischer/Nimbus. #100 is relatively livelier, with good military effects in the second movement.

#102 with the New York Philharmonic fares best. It is the most vigorous of the three, with a good first movement intro
and third movement trio. Its is not the last word in charm and elegance, but the rougher appraoachn the outer movements

Other peers: #100 and 102- Tate/ECO/EMI; Klemperer/PO/EMI; Davis/RCOA/Philps; Jochum/LPO/DG
#100- Sawallisch/Vienna SO/Philips
#102- Orpheus CO/DG
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