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Haydn: Symphony No 82, 83, 84 / Goodman, Hanover Band


Release Date: 06/10/2003 
Label:  Helios   Catalog #: 55123   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

A new instalment in Hyperion's Haydn Edition seems to tumble off the press virtually every month. And for my money Volume 8, offering the first three "Paris" symphonies, is the most exciting so far. No. 82, in particular, receives a stunning performance. The triple-time first movement combines an exceptional clarity of detail with a magnificent sweep and a sheer brazen brilliance: the C alto horns slash through the texture and the hardstick timpani crack like gunfire. By comparison the fine Kuijken performance, recorded by Virgin in a big, over-resonant acoustic, seems a shade comfortable, even decorous. And I certainly find him over-leisurely in the Allegretto second movement, where Goodman hits on an ideal tempo and finds more Read more whimsy and more pungency in the music—I specially relished his vivid pointing of the peasant dance over a drone bass (6'56"ff), with its raucous syncopated horns. Goodman's minuet has a splendid lordly swagger (and some characteristically delicate, precisely articulated woodwind playing in the trio), while his finale, fast, taut and sharply accented, is full of shrewdly observed instrumental detail—and Goodman is the only conductor on record to realise the full physical impact of the fortissimo timpani roll near the close (5'07"ff).

Goodman's readings of the other two symphonies here are hardly less exhilarating. The outer movements of No. 84, perhaps the least Feted of the "Paris" set, are crisply done, eager, light of gait and transparent of texture—time and again I registered important points of wind scoring in the tuttis that had previously escaped me. The minuet is as brisk as Kuijken's though Goodman imparts a lustier swing to the rhythms; and, as expected, Goodman is distinctly quicker in the Andante (again, much graceful, affectionate woodwind detail here), emphasizing the easy 6/8 sway, whereas Kuijken, with broader, smoother phrasing, gives the music a graver, more introspective cast. One movement I definitely prefer from Kuijken is the opening Allegro spiritoso of the misleadingly named La poule, No. 83, where Goodman's fierce tempo can seem more than a touch hectic. But against this the Hanover Band turn the minuet into an irresistible bucolic waltz (Kuijken, equally quick, is altogether more urbane here) and give a more piquant, sharply articulated reading of the finale. As usual, Goodman is generous with repeats (he presumably omits the second repeat in No. 83's first movement for dramatic reasons); and his harpsichord continuo is active and forwardly balanced (Kuijken's is relatively discreet), though only occasionally did I find it over-intrusive. Collectors of the Hyperion Edition will need no encouragement. But the thrilling performance of No. 82 alone makes this disc an essential acquisition for all Haydn lovers.

-- Gramophone [10/1992]
reviewing the original release of this title, Hyperion 66527
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 82 in C major, H 1 no 82 "The Bear" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
2. Symphony no 83 in G minor, H 1 no 83 "The Hen" by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3. Symphony no 84 in E flat major, H 1 no 84 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Roy Goodman
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hanover Band
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

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