Haydn: Symphony No. 80 in D minor; Symphony No. 87 in A; Symphony No. 89 in F

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COMPOSERS: Haydn
LABELS: ASV Quicksilva
WORKS: Symphony No. 80 in D minor; Symphony No. 87 in A; Symphony No. 89 in F
PERFORMER: London Mozart Players/Jane Glover
CATALOGUE NO: CD QS 6156 DDD (1988)
Jane Glover’s accounts of these Haydn symphonies are competent and thoroughgoing, but her chosen tempi seem consistently lethargic, particularly in the circumspect and deliberate approach to the finales. Symphony No. 80 in D minor, Haydn’s last in this traditionally dramatic key, receives the best overall performance here; Glover directs a strong, imperious and largely unadorned reading of this fine work, drawing splendid response from the London Mozart Players. No. 87 in A, which completed the Paris series of 1785-6, requires greater verve and daring, though Glover’s orderly, somewhat reserved handling of Symphony No. 89 in F (1787) is generally successful. Bright, fulsome recorded sound, and stylish orchestral playing are appealing, nonetheless. Michael Jameson

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