In Haydn’s Creation, Harnoncourt is scrupulously attentive to detail but guided also by an eye for pictorial imagination. His 2003 recording of Mozart's Requiem has everything going for it. The soloists are all excellent.
The wind players of the Concertgebouw combine refinement of blend and ensemble with a sense of spontaneous enjoyment. This superlatively played new recording immediately joins the shortlist for this most sumptuous of serenades.
For the most part these early, pre-CSO recordings attest to Reiner’s wide repertoire affinities, his concern for precision and balances, and his brilliance as an accompanist. In all, a fascinating and often illuminating collection.