Haydn: Symphony No. 101; Symphony No. 102; Symphony No. 103; Symphony No. 104

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COMPOSERS: Haydn
LABELS: Teldec Ultima
WORKS: Symphony No. 101; Symphony No. 102; Symphony No. 103; Symphony No. 104
PERFORMER: Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra/Nikolaus Harnoncourt
CATALOGUE NO: 0630-18953-2 1987/88
These performances show Harnoncourt in committed mood, challenging tamer alternatives in these symphonies. Penetrating observation and sensitivity to instrumental colour – the Concertgebouw Orchestra is in splendid form – unleash the music’s native energy, generating exceptional pace and dramatic intensity. Notwithstanding reservations over matters of speed (most notably in the Minuet and Trio of the London Symphony), vibrant recordings ensure these charismatic accounts remain vivid. Nicholas Rast

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