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Notes and Editorial Reviews
Sooner or later the great conductors turn to the late Haydn symphonies, for they have a special kind of message to convey to the music-lover. Whereas with Beethoven there is an underlying elemental sense of Man attempting to conquer the Universe, and in Mozart beneath the surface elegance and structural confidence, there is an underlying pathos, a recognition that life is seldom what it seems; Haydn confidently but not selfconsciously embraces humanity, its warmth and humour, and the need for human beings to be civilized and to care about the detail of their lives. Haydn's slow movements (often in variation form) are usually based on a melodic idea that lifts the spirit; his minuets are almost unfailingly goodnatured, while his allegros
celebrate the zest and energy of human endeavour at its most propitious. No wonder he cheers us up!... So how does Solti measure up?
He made his recordings with the LPO over a decade, between 1981 and 1992, and the most striking thing about this set is the consistency of the orchestral playing, always alive, polished yet never glossy, and with wind playing of much refinement... Symphonies Nos. 94 and 100 bring an outpouring of incandescent energy so characteristic of this conductor and there is a sense of joy, too. Again, slow movements could relax a little more (as Beecham and Davis show in their EMI and Philips series respectively), but these nevertheless remain very stimulating accounts.
-- Gramophone [3/1993, reviewing Decca 436290]
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