Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Haydn, Joseph. (1732-1809) The Symphonies. CD 2.

From my collection.
Gifted to me in 2013. (Reena)
First listen: 20-4-2013.
Second listen: 6-12-2016.
Label: L'oiseau-Lyre.
CD 2 from 32.
Recording dates: November/December 1991. July 1991.
Recording venue: Abbey Road Studio 1, London, England.
Recording engineers: Named, but not attached to individual recordings.
Running time: 53:12.
Classical relevance: Must have essential.

Works performed:
Symphony No. 10 in D major
No. 11 in E flat major.
No. 18 in D major.

Works performed by:
Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood..

Three delightful symphonies, expertly scored by Haydn, with an abundance of fine melodies and surprises. There is always a musical twist or turn that makes you sit upright. I would have wished the first movement of No. 11. and the first movement of No. 18 a bit faster as Hogwood does. It's not that the integrity is at peril, but the coherence would have been more clear and steady as it now sometimes is. Apart from this I find the Adagio cantabile from No. 11 with its 9:05 a tad overstretched, beautiful as it is. For the rest I like the tempi chosen. The recording lets you hear all detail, and the soundstage is really excellent. There is not a note you will miss, and you can walk through all the desks. Well engineered!




Bach, Johann Sebastian. (1685-1750) The Complete Works for Organ. The Isoir Edition. CD 3.

New acquisition. Date of purchase: January 2016. First listen: 20-9-2017. Label: La Dolce Volta. CD 3 from 15. Recording year: 1991. V...