From my collection.
Gifted to me in 2013.
First listen: 21-5-2013.
Second listen: 17-2-2017.
Label: L óiseau-Lyre.
CD 5 from 32.
Recording dates: June 1991.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Not specifically named for this recording.
Running time: 65:34.
Classical relevance to me: Essential.
Symphonies-17/19/20/25 all in major keys.
No. 17/19/20 composed between 1759-1760.
No. 25 composed in 1762.
Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood.
Haydn seldom disappoints in his symphonies, and there is almost never a dull moment. The brilliant orchestration keeps you alert, for there are unexpected things bubbling to the surface. Many such moments in all 4 symphonies. I am a bit confused as to the tempi Hogwood is applying, or rather his interpretation of tempo movements. A Presto or a Molto, can be in speed different in each symphony. But that is of course his choice and I respect that. For I enjoy what I hear more and more as I progress in this box. I guess one has to grow in Hogwood's vision to fully understand his choices.
The recording is superb. All details are floating in the air, as clear as a bell. The stage image is near perfect.
Friday, February 17, 2017
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