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Hyperion and the Hanover Band immediately gain over the rival period-instrument version of Nos. 90 and 91 by including the Oxford for good measure—and there's no paring of repeats either... As on the previous issue in the current Hyperion cycle (3/90), the Hanover Band play with gusto; textures are agreeably clear (the horns aptly prominent), articulation is light and buoyant and there is an adroit, stylish contribution from the woodwind... Goodman's outer movements score high on sheer energy, especially the opening Allegro assai of No. 90, with its deftly turned solos for flute and oboe... Of the three works here the Oxford receives the best performance: the most attentive and the most consistently accomplished in execution. The first
movement, one of Haydn's most imaginative and sophisticated structures, has a powerful impetus (the authentic small kettledrums, played with hard wooden sticks, make an arresting impact); and the contrapuntal textures, both here and in the steadily paced finale, emerge with a clarity one rarely encounters in modern-instrument performances.
-- Gramophone [6/1991]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66521
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