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Notes and Editorial Reviews
These performances have been previously released, but now are sensibly recoupled into as exciting and vital a series of Paris Symphonies as any available. To be honest, I came to this set with mixed feelings, because lately Fey’s Haydn has deteriorated rather dramatically. He has become fast, cold, and wedded to the worst habits of that expressionless branch of the period performance movement. Here, though, things hadn’t gotten that far, possibly due also to the fact that Haydn is scoring for a comparatively large orchestra, writing with a new density and power. This suits Fey’s “take no prisoners” approach particularly well. The quick movements are still very quick, but not frantic. The slow
movements still sing, the minuets dance, and the sonics are wonderful. So by all means, sample this set, but don’t make the mistake, sadly, of thinking that it’s typical of Fey’s Haydn more generally.
-- David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Average Customer Review: ( 1 Customer Review )
Good, but not that good January 15, 2012
By Joshua D. (Elk Grove, CA) See All My Reviews
"I'm not so sure that I'm any good at this so please bear with me on this review. I bought this recording on the recommendation of someone on my city's radio station. I really like Haydn's Symphony No. 82 and I've had a hard time trying to find a recording that my ears felt comfortable with. So when this recording was recommended to me I felt that it wouldn't harm me if I tried it out. So I bought it and after listening to it I didn't like it that much. The way the symphonies sound seem very uncharacteristic of what most of Haydn's symphonies sound like with different ensembles. The main problems that I had were the fact that the timpani was used too much and the strings weren't as defined as I thought they should've been (in my opinion). That being said, it didn't sound terrible, and the interesting way the compositions were played made it seem more "epic" than most Haydn symphonies that I've heard. I personally didn't like it, but that doesn't mean any of you won't. Chances are, if you don't mind the ensembles instrumentation and interpretation of Haydn's symphonies (which I think is fairly uncharacteristic compared to other ensembles) than this should be a safe bet. This isn't a bad recording, but I still have yet to hear a recording that suits my listening appetite, and sadly, that includes this one."