From my collection.
Gifted by a friend in 2013.
First listen: 3-4-2014.
CD 14 from 32.
Recording dates: November 1989 & April 1990.
Recording venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall, London, England.
Recording engineer: Do not know.
Running time: 45:15.
Relevance to me: Essential.
State of the Art recording.
Symphony No. 41 in C major. (1770-71)
Symphony No. 58 in F major. (1768)
Works performed by:
Academy of Ancient music, Christopher Hogwood.
Whatever you may think of the artistic value of this set, it gives a very accurate picture of Haydn's soundworld. This ensemble is a highly polished swiss clockwork running precisely on time. Not a foot wrong, not a hair in a funny place, nothing twisted, simply excellent music making. It is perfection pur sang. They respond swiftly and alert on Hogwood's tight reign, and dynamics and accents are scrupulously observed. The playing is in all respects on a virtuosic level, which is hard to beat by any other ensemble. Just sample both the finale's of the symphonies and you will hear what perfection sounds like. I would love all menuets being un poco allegro but alas that is not what Haydn meant. Both Andante's hold beautiful and memorable melodies, and are charmingly expressed. The dynamic architecture is amazing, and throughout the other movements, lightness, transparency and directness yields poetic results. What can I say other than gorgeous.
The sound is State of the Art. Amazing orchestral openness. You will not miss a thing.