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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 89 & 90


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Audio CD, June 27, 1995
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  • Orchestra: Tafelmusik
  • Conductor: Bruno Weil
  • Composer: Josef Haydn
  • Audio CD (June 27, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Classical
  • ASIN: B000002APF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,863 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Symphony In G Major, Hob. I: 88: Adagio - Allegro
2. Symphony In G Major, Hob. I: 88: Largo
3. Symphony In G Major, Hob. I: 88: Menuetto. Allegretto
4. Symphony In G Major, Hob. I: 88: Finale. Allegro con spirito
5. Symphony In F Major, Hob. I: 89: Vivace
6. Symphony In F Major, Hob. I: 89: Andante con moto
7. Symphony In F Major, Hob. I: 89: Menuet. Allegretto
8. Symphony In F Major, Hob. I: 89: Finale. Vivace assai
9. Symphony In C Major, Hob. I: 90: Adagio - Allegro assai
10. Symphony In C Major, Hob. I: 90: Andante
11. Symphony In C Major, Hob. I: 90: Menuet
12. Symphony In C Major, Hob. I: 90: Allegro assai

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Haydn's symphonies have more pure fun in them than those of any other composer. Symphony No. 88 used to have a nickname, "The Letter V," but no one knows how it got the name or what it means. Nevertheless, it's one of Haydn's best, with a delicious bagpipe-like episode in the minuet, and a slow movement that prompted Brahms to exclaim, "I want my tenth symphony to sound like that!" Nos. 89 and 90 are equally delicious, but far less well known. This is a pity, for they are full of fine music, and No. 90 features some fantastic writing to timpani and high horns. Bruno Weil's period instrument performances are vital, witty, and exciting, and very well recorded too. A delightful disc. --David Hurwitz

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3.2 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Watson on October 21, 2000
I have listened to several hundred Haydn symphony recordings in my life, ranging from the sublime (Dorati, usually, and Davis) to the ridiculous (Bernstein, who couldn't make woodwinds play in tune with the help of -- well, anything). Unlike the usual hackneyed performances of Haydn, which make one long for the end regardless of the tempo, this group, and this conductor particularly, bring an excitement and a sparkle to these pieces that make me want to jump up and down whenever I hear them. Nabokov said that you should read a book with your spine; I feel the same about music. This is one of the few CDs I own that consistently makes the hair stand up on the back of my neck. If that doesn't interest you, listen to those other reviewers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Richards on April 26, 2004
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All the other reviewers of this CD are exactly right: This is Haydn played substantially faster than usual. However, Tomcihak was right on with the comment that the added speed is what really brings these performances to life. All of the symphonies recorded here, particularly the famous 88th, can sound anemic and bland if they're taken too slowly. On this CD, all three symphonies are bursting with the special vitality that Haydn's music only has when the players are willing to put some serious energy into it. The liner notes mention that Haydn would laugh out loud at concerts when he heard witty parts of his own music, and I think that comment is especially appropriate here: these energetic, powerful performances are Haydn laughing, while a lot of others portray him as chuckling softly. In addition, ensemble precision, intonation, etc. are all right on target too. It's not often I get a visceral thrill listening to Haydn's music, but this disc can do it. I bought this disc seeking a less restrained alternative to Kuijken's wildly popular recording of these symphonies, and that's exactly what I got. Now I can't go back.
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9 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 15, 2000
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This interpretation is better than the stilted, controlled interpretations - but only slightly. There is no depth nor richness. Weil is in a hurry to get through each piece, and if you cough, you will miss your favorite part! It left my ears exhausted! Choose the Haydn Orchestra recording over this!
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Heinz Bohusch on July 7, 2000
I fully agree with the previous review - the tempi are by far too fast thus heavily dectracting from listening pleasure. Having heard this from the audio samples this will prevent me from buying this recording.
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