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4.0 out of 5 stars "Complete Works" a misnomer, December 30, 2008
This review is from: Haydn Edition (150 CD Set) (Audio CD)
Despite Amazon's misleading headline, Brilliant's "Haydn Edition" does not claim to contain the composer's Complete Works, unlike the Bach and Mozart editions which do (and do). Only seven of 15 Masses are included, at least half a dozen major operas are omitted, and there is almost nothing in the "Divertimenti/Cassazioni/etc" line, not even the 8 Notturni for the King of Naples.

As other reviewers have pointed out, numbers 4-6 of the op. 76 string quartets are simply missing; 1-3 are on CD 101, then CD 102 commences a different category of music! Surely purchasers are owed a CD 101a from Brilliant. (Another reviewer adds that the three op. 54 string quartets and the last three of the six in op.50 are likewise missing!) Those wishing to supply all these deficiencies at once can order the missing items individually from the well-reviewed Naxos series by the excellent Kodaly Quartet.

Another deficiency is that this box contains only 20 of the 21 CDs to be found in Brilliant's separate set of Haydn's baryton music; CD 18 is missing.

My own box also arrived without CD 111 (Piano Trios 27-30) which the Table of Contents shows should be there (unlike op. 76 4-6, which are not even listed). This missing-disc problem is a production deficiency often encountered in Brilliant's larger box sets.

The Piano Sonatas and Piano Trios in this box are played by various artists using the tinny fortepiano. To hear the Sonatas masterfully rendered on the modern grand piano, which has a richer sound, listeners should investigate the classic set by English composer John McCabe on Decca/London. Similarly, the Piano Trios are played on modern instruments by the Beaux Arts Trio on their classic Philips set.
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Initial post: Apr 13, 2009 11:25:59 AM PDT
Thank you for yourreview. I think that it gets at the heart of the matter. I purchased this set but returned without opening it because it was incomplete. I have and enjoy the both the Mozart Edition and the Bach Edition, but for me the only reason to buy any such set is to be able sample any of the composers' works to determine if it would be worthwhile to purchase more revealing and entertaining versions. Haydn is my favorite composer who wasn't capable of writing bad music. And after a lifetime of collecting ,I have several complerte cycles (two of the symphonies, thepiano sonatas and trios, etc), but there is still so much to obtain. Economic issues aside, the CD era has brought about so many budget and mid-priced reissues of so many outstanding performances which, along with boxed sets of this nature, allow one to listen to the great works by the best performers. This set and others like it are just the beginning.

Posted on Apr 19, 2009 11:54:23 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 27, 2009 12:06:18 PM PDT
Teop Tnomrev says:
Give them a chance...

This is Vol 1. Vol 2 will complete the set.

Posted on Nov 1, 2009 5:40:44 PM PST
[Deleted by Amazon on Nov 16, 2009 2:49:58 PM PST]
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