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Now that its monumental Bach edition has been accomplished, Hänssler Classic launches another giant project. This CD marks the beginning of a new complete cycle of Joseph Haydn symphonies, to be achieved in 2009 for the 200th anniversary of the composer's death. And if the same qualitative level is maintained throughout this 10-year span, it's going to be a wonderful achievement. Thomas Fey has studied with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, and he approaches this music with the same uncompromising attitude of his teacher. Tempos are on the swift side and dynamic contrasts are extreme but never artificial. The balance is just perfect, thanks to the use of brass and timpani on period instruments, which allows the
"modern" strings (played without vibrato) and woodwinds to come out very naturally. But there is more in these recordings than just authenticity. In every piece Fey uncovers the very essence of Haydn, his unpredictable humor as well as his moments of abandon and melancholy. With its sharp-edged but flexible playing, the Heidelberger Sinfoniker reveals itself to be the perfect ensemble to convey the nuances of Haydn's boundless imagination. This major enterprise benefits from a panoramic recording, at once transparent and coherent. If you like Haydn, don't miss this one. If you still don't know if you like Haydn, give it a try and be converted.
--Luca Sabbatini, ClassicsToday.com Read less
Works on This Recording
Acide, H 28 no 1: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Written: 1762; Vienna, Austria
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