Dec 20

Haydn; Symphonies, conducted by Antal Dorati ?????

104 symphonies, and numerous extra excerpts later, I finished the complete Haydn symphonies. These symphonies are best heard as a whole. Papa Haydn had a genius that even showed in his first symphonies. Yet, his style improved and became more complex as one traverse from  Symphony 1 to Symphony 104. It is a similar maturity as seen in Mozart, and to some extent, Beethoven. Antal Dorati does a superb job of conducting these symphonies, never allowing a symphony to become routine or pedantic. The recording is of best quality, with a forward, resonant sound. This set is certainly the best complete Haydn set out on the market, and worthwhile for any classical music lover.

 

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