Friday, February 10, 2017

Haydn, Joseph. (1732-1809) Complete Symphonies, CD 3. (The Hogwood collection)

From my collection.
Gifted by a friend in 2013.
First listen: 21-5-2013.
Second listen: 10-2-2017.
Label: L'oiseau-Lyre.
CD 3 from 32.
Recording dates, venues, engineers: To much bother in the booklet to find out.
Running time: 65:18.
Classical relevance: Essential

Works performed:
Symphonies No. 27/32/37/107.

Performed by:
The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.

Hogwood's is a mild approach and very thoughtful too, and a stickler for details. Well balanced performances, well recorded and articulated. After the first hearing of the complete set they have grown on me and towards me. The pleasure is all mine in listening to Hogwood's take. No criticisms at all apart from some minor sound issues. In both the 27& 32 the bottom end of the orchestra is a bit blurred. Basses, celli and timpani tend to be boomy. In No. 37 it is no issue anymore. No 107 has some shrillness in the winds.

Bach, Johann Sebastian (1685-1750) The Complete Organ Works. Hanssler Edition. (CD 4)

After listening to the fourth disc in this series on which Andrea Macon plays early works by Bach I decided to stop wasting my time with him...