Haydn tends not to work terribly well on period instruments, at least as they often are played today. Tiny forces, a lack of timbal contrast, and teams of humorless performers consistently under-characterize this most characterful music. One happy exception has been Frans Brüggen, who has the only wholly recommendable series of London Symphonies to his credit, and many other fine discs as well. This particular collection is especially welcome because, aside from a terrific “Oxford” Symphony, it contains one of the few, and best, versions of Symphony No. 90 yet recorded (Dorati’s performance from his complete cycle is also a highlight from that set).
This symphony was part of the second series works written for Paris, andRead more although virtually unknown and almost never played in concert, it’s as great a work as Haydn ever wrote. Why it doesn’t get played more often is a mystery; perhaps it’s the presence of the high horns in C that militated against performances until recent times. Or maybe it’s the work’s proximity to the incredibly popular Symphonies Nos. 88 and 92 (No. 91, by the way, is also a wonderful work). Be that as it may, the piece is absolutely delicious, offering a hilarious finale and one of Haydn’s most sophisticated opening movements, with a slow introduction and two fully developed thematic groups full of memorable ideas.
Listen to how well [the start of the exposition is] conducted: not too fast, but full of verve and boldly accented. This is the real deal. If you’re looking for some late, great Haydn to fill out your collection, this disc offers a logical choice.
Symphony no 90 in C major, H 1 no 90by Franz Joseph Haydn Conductor:
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary Date of Recording: 1984
Symphony no 91 in E flat major, H 1 no 91by Franz Joseph Haydn Conductor:
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Period: Classical Written: 1788; Eszterhazá, Hungary Date of Recording: 1995
Excellent & a Little History March 29, 2016By Bernard A J. (Kansas City, MO)See All My Reviews"Back in the 90s, Christopher Hogwood was recording all the Haydn Symphonies with the Academy of Ancient Music, and I have those Volumes 1-10 which go through Symphony #75. Decca aborted the recording project with Symphony #76 and 77 but never released them. They appeared on a BBC Music CD cover licensed from Decca in the mid-2000s which is available through on lines sources - used and new. Decca recently announced they would be re-releasing as a multi-disk box all the ten volumes formerly recorded and the two unreleased symphonies mentioned above plus they were adding the Symphonies 82-104 recorded by Frans Bruggen recorded by Philips and now part of Decca. I already had some of the Frans Bruggen, but I purchased these disks to fill in the ones that I did not have. Decca also just recently recorded the Symphonies 78-91 with Ottavio Dantone and the Academia Byzantine to fill in the missing pieces for the multi-disk box set. This was to give Decca an early recording cycle of the complete Haydn. All of these recordings are excellent, and if you love Haydn as I do, they are a must for any one's collection. I highly recommend all of these Bruggen symphonies as well as the Dantone. They don't get any better!"Report Abuse