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Haydn: Symphonies No 92, 94 & 97 [hybrid Sacd] / Van Zweden, Netherlands Radio Orchestra


Release Date: 11/10/2009 
Label:  Exton   Catalog #: 375   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Multi 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

These are mostly excellent performances. Given sufficient clarity of woodwind detail and a powerful presence of trumpets and drums in the fortes, Haydn sounds best when played by large orchestras on modern instruments, and that's just what we have here. Consider Jaap van Zweden's colorful attack on the "Surprise" symphony's famous Andante, or the athletic chattering of trumpets and horns in the opening theme of No. 97's finale. He doesn't set a foot wrong anywhere except in the minuets, which are just a touch under tempo and a little soft-edged. This is clearly by choice, since the sonics are outstanding and van Zweden shows himself to be keenly sensitive to those little atmospheric touches (the lyrical soft trumpets in the Read more "Oxford" symphony's finale, for example) that give the music much of its ear-catching appeal. Certainly this one point hardly detracts from the overall quality of the interpretations, and if the coupling suits, then by all means give this disc a shot.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2.
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
3.
Symphony no 97 in C major, H 1 no 97 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Jaap Van Zweden
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Radio Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 

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