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Birth of the Symphony: Handel to Haydn is the first release on the Academy of Ancient Music’s own label.

The CD, which is directed by Richard Egarr, includes music by Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Richter and Stamitz.

This week’s free download is the Presto from Haydn’s Symphony No. 49.

Reviewing the recording in the December issue of BBC Music Magazine, our critic Max Loppert, gave the disc four stars and said: ‘The first offering of the Academy of Ancient Music’s new own label is a striking success. Expertly led by the harpsichordist Richard Egarr, current musical director, and superbly played, it programmes an attractive selection of symphonies by five 18th-century composers to illustrate the title – Birth of the Symphony.’

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