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Haydn: Symphonies No 100 & 101; Hindemith / Jochum, London PO


Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Bbc Legends   Catalog #: 4176   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnPaul Hindemith
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic OrchestraLondon Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews



HAYDN Symphonies: No. 100, ?Military?; No. 101, ?Clock.? HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses on Themes by Carl Maria von Weber 1 ? Eugen Jochum, cond; London PO; London SO 1 ? BBC LEGENDS 4176 (71:58) Live: London 1/30/1973; 6/23/1977 1


Eugen Jochum recorded Haydn?s 12 ?London? Read more Symphonies with the London Philharmonic for Deutsche Grammophon in the 1970s. That set has been widely admired for its crisp playing and no-nonsense interpretations. Unfortunately, these live performances from the same era are not so fine, sounding at best like first rehearsals. String-playing is sloppy throughout, and woodwinds are harsh. Jochum adopts some unusually fast tempos: the opening Allegro of the ?Military? Symphony is taken at a vivace pace, bordering on presto; the players struggle to keep up. A murky recording smothers the bass drum in the Allegretto?s military music. The Presto finale, played up to speed, is too much for the players. Judging from the rapturous applause, the audience doesn?t seem to mind. The ?Clock? goes a bit better, although the audience is less enthusiastic this time. All repeats are played except in da capo Menuets.


The Hindemith?different orchestra, different time, same venue?is given an aggressive, vigorous performance, in keeping with its score. The LSO is on its toes, ripping through the opening Allegro even faster than Bernstein?s New York Philharmonic (SONY SMK 47566, one of the great CDs of all time). All the complex syncopations of this virtuoso orchestra music are perfectly realized. The Andantino is a bit rushed; such a busy work needs a moment of relaxation. The final March is just right, its initial caution giving way to explosions of joy outdone only by Bernstein. This is a stunning performance; only the odd acoustics of Royal Festival Hall, strangely dead and yet muddy at the same time, keep it from equaling the Sony.


FANFARE: James H. North
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 100 in G major, H 1 no 100 "Military" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
2.
Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
3.
Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber by Paul Hindemith
Conductor:  Eugen Jochum
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 

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