Notes and Editorial Reviews
“These live performances have a lot going for them. Richard Kapp's Haydn is lively and vital, with plenty of that spontaneous energy that the music requires in order to make the best possible impression. Kapp's also got the right sound: winds are never covered by the strings, while the trumpets and timpani shine with plenty of vigor. Highlights include Kapp's vivacious approach to the minuets (especially that of No. 93, which is a personal favorite), a "surprise" that gives us a touch more than Haydn strictly asks for--but that surely violates the letter of the score the better to honor its spirit, and very satisfying finales in all three symphonies.
Still, with generally fine and very enthusiastic playing from the
Philharmonia Virtuosi, this disc offers a genuine sense of occasion too often lacking in performances of classical-period repertoire, even by many period-instrument groups. I had fun, and I bet that you will too.” -- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
“In No.94 the Philharmonia Virtuosi sound like a much larger band, with striking fullness and clarity to the wind timbres…Kapp paces the music well with nice detailing and the Minuet is trim, though the trio is oddly sluggish. The performance concludes with fine spirit, the coda fizzing. The Oxford Symphony is best of all, Kapp drawing terrific verve in the opening Allegro spiritoso. Ensemble is burnished and elegand in the Adagio… The Minuet goes with admirable swing…Haydn’s cheerful counterpoint sparkles in the finale, with Kapp and his players at their finest, textural clarity wedded to playing of great effervesence and panache.” - THE GRAMOPHONE, November 2005
The label has started releasing splendid performances, gathered in “thematic” programs of great interest that contrast known selections with unknown pieces of the highest quality. Haydn’s Symphonies Nos. 92, 93 and 94 are crisply played and wittily interpreted.”-- Turok’s Choice – Summer 2005
Works on This Recording
Symphony no 93 in D major, H 1 no 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Written: 1791; London, England
Length: 21 Minutes 24 Secs.
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