Notes and Editorial Reviews
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble have been working now for over 30 years on the vocal and symphonic repertories, expanding from the initial baroque repertory to span the centuries, taking in Mozart, Schubert, Berlioz and Wagner, without losing any vigour. Far from a solemn commemoration, Minkowski celebrates Haydn in a free, inventive spirit, refreshes the tempi, restores the original line-up of 60 musicians, and breathes vivacity to reveal “Haydn’s Dionysian side and also his inner garden”.
Julian Sykes concludes: “The theatrical momentum produced by these interpretations […] is reminiscent of the sweeping energy of Leonard Bernstein. Minkowski does not stylise; he looks for the big picture, moves forward without the little
mannerisms of the baroque...but without sacrificing detail” (Le Temps, October 2010).
This 2009 Live recording in the Vienna Konzerthaus of the “London” Symphonies, rewarded by a Diapason d’or, a Diapason d’or for 2010 and the German Record Critics’ award, and is ranked in the Top 10 for 2010 by Belgium’s Le Soir.
"It would take readings of an ultimate dullness to snuff out the variety, inventiveness, colour, urbanity and sheer joie de vivre of the wonderful symphonies that Joseph Haydn composed for his two triumphant 18-month London visits in the early 1790s. And these latest recordings are never dull. Marc Minkowski and his period-instrument band may be thought of as early music specialists, yet their approach is the reverse of doctrinaire...these accounts seem to combine something of the virtues modern instrument recordings, as exemplified by Colin Davis’s evergreen Concertgebouw cycle, with the enhanced precision and pungency of period performance. Those who feel they have heard some of these works rather too often will have their affection renewed by this lively set."
-- Bayan Northcott, BBC Music Magazine
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