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Haydn: Symphonies 92, 93, 97-99 / Davis, London Symphony Orchestra

Haydn / Davis / London Sym Orch
Release Date: 08/12/2014 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 702   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Multi 
Length: 2 Hours 13 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Colin Davis was a marvelous Haydn conductor, at least most of the time, and with one small exception these are uniformly splendid performances. That exception consists of the finale of Symphony No. 93, which is relatively slack, especially coming after the rowdier than usual Minuet. Everything else here is splendid. This is “big band” Haydn the way it’s meant to be. Consider how powerful those minor-key outbursts are in the slow movement of the “Oxford” Symphony. Terrific, isn’t it?

You’ll also love the amount of personality that Davis injects into the finale of No. 98–the harpsichord solo doesn’t just play where Haydn writes it, but also in the final bars, a totally captivating effect, as is the use of solo violin when the
Read more keyboard enters. All of this reveals a lifelong love of this music, and a thoughtful, sympathetic engagement with it. Every symphony here features similarly imaginative moments, from No. 97?s brassy minuet to the delicious clarinets in the finale of No. 99.

The SACD sonics are a little bit dry, typically from this source, but clear and well-balanced, with plenty of presence and impact, and the audience is very quiet. Even if you already own Davis’ earlier recordings on Philips with the Concertgebouw Orchestra, these interpretations are different and distinctive enough to justify the investment.

-- 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:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
2.
Symphony no 93 in D major, H 1 no 93 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
Length: 7 Minutes 59 Secs. 
3.
Symphony no 97 in C major, H 1 no 97 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 46 Secs. 
4.
Symphony no 98 in B flat major, H 1 no 98 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1792; London, England 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 
5.
Symphony no 99 in E flat major, H 1 no 99 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1793; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 52 Secs. 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Merely Adequate November 11, 2014 By Morris Reagan (Madison, MS) See All My Reviews "When compared with George Szell's recordings of these works with his Cleveland Orchestra Davis' readings of these works must be judged merely adequate. They are NOT outstanding because they lack the precision and string quartet-like transparency that only Szell and the Cleveland brought to Haydn's symphonies. On the other hand, Colin Davis' recordings of the second set of the London symphonies (Nos. 99 through 104) are, in my judgement, the best to be had. I much prefer Davis' readings of Nos. 99 though 104 to those nervous, frenetic, almost panicky performances of Charles Mackerras with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. Unfortunately Szell recorded only a few of the second set of the Londons, and the sound is monaural and mid-fi." Report Abuse
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