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...played on modern instruments but with careful attention to correct stylistic practice. Adam Fischer seems the ideal conductor for the project. He knows when to let a lyrical line speak for itself, yet also when to move a presto along in an exhilarating, near-reckless manner while always remaining in control. He is aided by having some of the best players in Europe, members of various first-rate Viennese and Hungarian orchestras who are handpicked to band together to perform Haydn's music. The string body is solid and sure, the woodwinds are the same, and the horns are astounding... The recorded sound is warm and rich, with singular detail. Nimbus makes its recordings using the UHJ "Ambisonic" surround system. I have found that
these will decode with excellent results, though surely not exactly what was intended, using Dolby surround position on home theater equipment. This produces a warm ambient field that makes you feel like you're actually in the hall. In sum, for my money, Fischer's is the Haydn symphony series for our time, eclipsing not only Dorati's pioneering effort (also recorded in the same part of the world), but also those dry, pedantic period instrument recordings that seem to capture the letter but not the spirit of this amazing music. Fischer gets them both, and in spades. Do not deny yourself this wonderful set.
--Rad Bennett, ClassicsToday.com
reviewing the original release of Fischer's complete Haydn Symphonies box set, Nimbus 5590/4
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