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Great Classical Symphonies


Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8501060   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnLudwig van BeethovenWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Manfred FinkHasmik PapianRuxandra DonoseClaudio Otelli
Conductor:  Barry WordsworthBéla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella IstropolitanaNicolaus Esterházy SinfoniaNicolaus Esterházy Chorus
Number of Discs: 10 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 12 Hours 29 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

GREAT CLASSICAL SYMPHONIES (10-CD Box Set)

The word ‘symphony’ is used to describe an extended orchestral composition in Western classical music. By the eighteenth century the Italianate opera sinfonia—musical interludes between operas or concertos—had assumed the structure of three contrasting movements, and it is this form that is often considered as the direct forerunner of the orchestral symphony. With the rise of established professional orchestras, the symphony assumed a more prominent place in concert life between 1790 and 1820 until it eventually came to be regarded by many as the yardstick by which one would measure a composer’s achievement.

Without doubt, the most important symphonists of the latter
Read more part of the eighteenth century are Haydn and Mozart. Often credited with expanding the symphonic form to the four movements we are familiar with today, these two composers are together responsible for over 160 symphonies including those commonly regarded as the apex of the Classical symphonic form—Haydn’s London symphonies and Mozart’s Jupiter and Linz. A few years later, Beethoven dramatically expanded the symphony, in so doing forming the bridge between the Classical and Romantic eras. His Eroica symphony has a scale and emotional range that sets it apart from earlier works, while his Symphony No 5 is arguably the most famous symphony ever written.

R E V I E W:

The Beethoven symphonies all feature Béla Drahos and the Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia; Barry Wordsworth and the Capella Istropolitana take Mozart, and the two divide up the Haydn selections (which may account for the somewhat random assortment). No matter; these are all smart, stylish performances, which, while probably not on anyone’s list of “the best”, do full justice to the music and should provide many hours of enjoyment. Interestingly, the best performances technically are the Beethoven symphonies, but they also will probably generate the most reservations if only because they emphasize the composer’s “classical” side and employ smallish orchestral forces. That said, you could certainly do worse, and as a capsule view of the classical symphony at its best, this 10-disc box is undeniably attractive.

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

1.
Symphony no 45 in F sharp minor, H 1 no 45 "Farewell" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1772; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia 
2.
Symphony no 102 in B flat major, H 1 no 102 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 12/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia 
3.
Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 3/1990 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia 
4.
Symphony no 103 in E flat major, H 1 no 103 "Drumroll" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 3/1990 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia 
5.
Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1787 ; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 20 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1795; London, England 
Date of Recording: 6/1989 
Venue:  Moyzes Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 29 Minutes 59 Secs. 
7.
Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 9/1988 
Venue:  Czech Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 23 Minutes 18 Secs. 
8.
Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 9/1988 
Venue:  Czech Radio Concert Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 28 Minutes 18 Secs. 
9.
Symphony no 96 in D major, H 1 no 96 "Miracle" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Date of Recording: 3/1988 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 20 Minutes 6 Secs. 
10.
Symphony no 100 in G major, H 1 no 100 "Military" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793-1794; London, England 
Date of Recording: 3/1988 
Venue:  Slovak Philharmonic Hall, Bratislava 
Length: 24 Minutes 38 Secs. 
11.
Symphony no 98 in B flat major, H 1 no 98 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
12.
Symphony no 95 in C minor, H 1 no 95 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
13.
Symphony no 3 in E flat major, Op. 55 "Eroica" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1803; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 47 Minutes 14 Secs. 
14.
Symphony no 8 in F major, Op. 93 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1812; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
Venue:  Phoenix Studio, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 26 Minutes 48 Secs. 
15.
Symphony no 5 in C minor, Op. 67 by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1807-1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
16.
Symphony no 6 in F major, Op. 68 "Pastoral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia
Period: Classical 
Written: 1808; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 06/1995 
17.
Symphony no 9 in D minor, Op. 125 "Choral" by Ludwig van Beethoven
Performer:  Manfred Fink (Tenor), Hasmik Papian (Soprano), Ruxandra Donose (Mezzo Soprano),
Claudio Otelli (Bass Baritone)
Conductor:  Béla Drahos
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia,  Nicolaus Esterházy Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1822-1824; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 08/1996 
Venue:  Italian Institute, Budapest, Hungary 
Length: 64 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Language: German 
18.
Symphony no 41 in C major, K 551 "Jupiter" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
19.
Symphony no 40 in G minor, K 550 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
20.
Symphony no 39 in E flat major, K 543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
21.
Symphony no 38 in D major, K 504 "Prague" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
22.
Symphony no 36 in C major, K 425 "Linz" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Linz, Austria 
23.
Symphony no 35 in D major, K 385 "Haffner" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
24.
Symphony no 34 in C major, K 338 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Salzburg, Austria 
25.
Symphony no 29 in A major, K 201 (186a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Written: 1774 
26.
Symphony no 25 in G minor, K 183 (173dB) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Capella Istropolitana
Written: 1773 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor, Hob.I:45, "Farewell": I. Allegro assai
Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor, Hob.I:45, "Farewell": II. Adagio
Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor, Hob.I:45, "Farewell": III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Symphony No. 45 in F sharp minor, Hob.I:45, "Farewell": IV. Finale: Presto - Adagio
Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob.I:88: I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob.I:88: II. Largo
Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob.I:88: III. Menuetto: Allegretto
Symphony No. 88 in G major, Hob.I:88: IV. Finale: Allegro con spirito
Symphony No. 92 in G major, Hob.I:92, "Oxford": I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
Symphony No. 92 in G major, Hob.I:92, "Oxford": II. Adagio
Symphony No. 92 in G major, Hob.I:92, "Oxford": III. Menuetto: Allegro
Symphony No. 92 in G major, Hob.I:92, "Oxford": IV. Presto
Symphony No. 94 in G major, Hob.I:94, "The Surprise": I. Adagio: Vivace assai
Symphony No. 94 in G major, Hob.I:94, "The Surprise": II. Andante
Symphony No. 94 in G major, Hob.I:94, "The Surprise": III. Menuet: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 94 in G major, Hob.I:94, "The Surprise": IV. Allegro molto
Symphony No. 100 in G major, Hob.I:100, "Military": I. Adagio - Allegro
Symphony No. 100 in G major, Hob.I:100, "Military": II. Allegretto
Symphony No. 100 in G major, Hob.I:100, "Military": III. Menuet: Moderato
Symphony No. 100 in G major, Hob.I:100, "Military": IV. Finale: Presto
Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.I:101, "The Clock": I. Adagio - Presto
Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.I:101, "The Clock": II. Andante
Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.I:101, "The Clock": III. Menuet: Allegretto
Symphony No. 101 in D major, Hob.I:101, "The Clock": IV. Finale: Vivace

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