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Haydn: Symphonies 55-69 Volume Four Box set

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Product Details

  • Orchestra: Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra
  • Conductor: Adam Fischer
  • Composer: Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (April 20, 1999)
  • 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: B00000IOB8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,927 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Robin Friedman HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Adam Fischer and the Austrio-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra have accomplished the daunting task of recording the complete Haydn symphonies. They share this accomplishment with Antal Dorati and the Philharmonica Hungarica and with a less familiar earlier cycle with Ernst Mazendorfer conducting the Vienna State Opera (for the Musical Heritage Society.) The Fisher recordings were made at Esterhaza using modern instruments but historic performance practices. The harpsichord continuo is not used. Fischer's Haydn cycle is available on eight multi-CD sets on Nimbus.

This 5-CD collection includes 15 Haydn symphonies, nos. 55 -- 69 which generally date from 1772 -- 1781. A small number of these symphonies may date from Haydn's so-called "sturm und drang" period, but most are later. During the time Haydn composed these works, he was preoccupied with composing opera. Thus, much of the material in these works is in the style of operatic overture, or of comic opera. In addition Haydn borrowed freely from other compositions or projects in composing these symphonies as his main compositional activity at the time was elsewhere. But these works still reflect the knowledge and skills Haydn had gained in writing for the orchestra. He was a composer who learned and grew continuously.

This set includes some relatively familiar works, beautifully played. As usual these works tend to have nicknames, such as the "Schoolmaster" symphony no. 55, or the "Fire" symphony, no. 59, or " La Roxelane" no. 63. But I want to concentrate in this review on three symphonies, two of which are rarities, for reasons which I will explain at the conclusion.

Symphony no. 64 in A major bears the nickname "Tempora mutantur" which may be Haydn's.
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Conductor Adam Fischer has accomplished what few other of his peers can claim: he has recorded all of Joseph Haydn's 104 Symphonies, which are available in a series of volumes (albiet not together in a massive set, which would be enjoyable). Not only has Fischer done this, but his renditions of Haydn's works are utterly superb! My own favorite Haydn symphony has long been the 48th, his "Maria Theresia." The energy and passion of the work, I submit, exceeds anything else the composer ever accomplished in his symphonic endeavors. And Fischer captures the 48th symphony with staggering accuracy and dynamic range. This point perhaps best summarizes ALL of the conductor's versions of Haydn's symphonies. Working with the polished and richly-textured Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra (a name perfectly suited for a group attempting these works) Fischer manages to capture the essential excitement, warmth, emotional surge, soothing undertones, and most importantly, the sheer musical vision of each of Haydn's symphonies.
While these works come as a set, one should not make the tragic mistake of interpreting these symphonies as a long, entertwined linkage of Haydnian thought; each of Haydn's 104 symphonic visions are unique, vastly different expressions of musical observation and explorations of musical intellect. He wrote one hundred and four symphonies! That number itself bespeaks the epic breadth of Papa Haydn's musical vision; Mozart had good reason to refer to his close friend as "The Master"!
The gloriously rich and epic history of recorded classical music will eventually hold Fischer as one of, if not THE, premiere Haydn interpreteur -- and rightfully so. This set comes HIGHLY recommended for any admirer of Joseph Haydn's accomplishments, and indeed any lover of the classical genre as a whole.
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The performancces are so good that one can relax and listen to these fifteen symphonies. #s 55-57 were the final three symphonies of an inspirational streak (#s 52-57). #s 58-69 are more variable. I would rank the
fifteen in this set in this descending order: 67, 57, 56, 64, 55, 60, 68, 62, 61, 65,63, 69, 59, 66, 58
(#s 58 amd 79 are my least favorite middle period Haydn symphonies). Adam Fischer once again conducts beautifully (see my reviews of his #s 40-54 and 70-81). At present I do not plan to review more from this set-#s 21-39 are a possibility. - (I do love #31 most in that group, would rank #s 22, 26, 30,39 highly)

Peers: # 55, 60, 63, 65, 69, 59 (Marriner); #63 (Orpheus); # 62 (Sieghart/Stuttgart CO); #66 (Linde/Capella
Coloniensis);#65(Derek Solomons) #67 (Paul Sacher)
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