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George Szell Conducts Haydn


Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 7687792   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finally, Sony has gathered up and released all of Szell’s Haydn symphony recordings in a box. Nos. 88 and 104 are in well-preserved mono, and you get both recordings of No. 97. The performances are incomparable. Szell was a natural Haydn conductor: witty, razor sharp, colorful, and highly contrasted. The obscene bassoon fart (that’s what it is) in the slow movement of No. 93 has never been matched; wind parts cut through the texture beautifully; trumpets and drums never sound timid or flabby. Szell has the strings playing with immaculate rhythm, perfect intonation, and just the right amount of warmth in the slow movements. It’s an object lesson in correct “period” style. Even in Symphony No. 98, a work that for some reason befuddles even Read more Haydn specialists (Bernstein notably), Szell doesn’t miss a trick. The Mozartian slow movement is just lovely. He also uses the Landon editions of the scores wherever possible—one of the first major conductors to do so. The result is a landmark in the Haydn discovery, and a cornerstone of any serious Haydn symphony collection.

-- 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:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2. Symphony no 96 in D major, H 1 no 96 "Miracle" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
3. Symphony no 99 in E flat major, H 1 no 99 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1957 
4. Symphony no 98 in B flat major, H 1 no 98 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
5. Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
6. Symphony no 93 in D major, H 1 no 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
7. Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
8. Symphony no 97 in C major, H 1 no 97 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
Date of Recording: 1957 
9. Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1787 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
10. Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  George Szell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 HAYDN - MY NEW OBSESSION November 5, 2013 By H. Ghartey (Callicoon, NY) See All My Reviews "I HAVE JUST BEEN INTRODUCED TO HAYDN VIA AN ON-LINE MUSIC COURSE AND ORDERED THIS TITLE AS A START. JUST LOVE IT. I AM AN OLD BEETHOVEN FAN, AND KNEW NOTHING ABOUT HAYDN BEFORE THIS. WHAT A REVELATION! LOVELY SET; LOVELY MUSIC. SO RICH, DEEP AND PLAYFUL AT THE SAME TIME." Report Abuse
 Szell as usual, and "usual" means superb August 29, 2013 By Gregory  W. (Hinckley, OH) See All My Reviews "A reviewer once said the Cleveland Orchestra was "the best Beethoven-Haydn orchestra in the country." Here's proof. Szell continues to offer a well-considered and judicious reading of these pieces but not in a detached or meditative manner. These symphonies are crackling with energy. A definitive collection." Report Abuse
 An essential set July 21, 2012 By R. Baker (Albuquerque, NM) See All My Reviews "George Szell is my idea of the greatest conductor who ever lived. He had a way of bringing out the inner voices in pieces that are often obscured by conductors who concentrate on developing the main line. His core repertoire was almost all the great German/Austrian composers of the classical and romantic eras, plus Dvorak, Sibelius, and Tchaikovsky. He also had a long association with a few moderns--Prokofiev and Dutilleux, most notably. Many of those whose admiration for Szell is not quite as great as mine will, nevertheless put him near the top of great Haydn/Mozart conductors.

This set of Haydn symphonies of one of the essentials, along with the Kuijken recordings of the Symphonies 82-104 and the Dorati set of all the Haydn symphonies. Get those three sets, and you will have all the Haydn symphonies that any non-specialist would want before acquiring at least 2,000 other CDs.

This set is also a useful corrective to the usual bromide that Szell lacked a sense of humor. The way he handles that obscene, dissonant bassoon note near the end of the 2nd movement of Symphony # 93 will lay that canard to rest! "
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