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Haydn: The 12 "London" Symphonies [Box Set]
Franz Joseph Haydn, Eugen Jochum, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Haydn: The 12 "London" Symphonies [Box Set]
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Graceful and Polished
M. Seeley | Charlotte, NC | 02/15/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)

"When I think of Eugene Jochum the first thing that pops into my mind is Bruckner, not Haydn. These recordings have been in and out of the catalog for years, but at this price, they are a steal! Jochum is a wonderful Haydn interpreter. What you get in this set are light-hearted rhythms, delicate execution, graceful and polished playing, and well-paced performances -- the way Haydn SHOULD be played. The London musicians give the listener the transparency expected when Haydn is performed. The only minor flaw, if there is one, is that some of the Menuettos tend to be a little heavy-footed.

In particular, Jochum's take on Haydn's 101st was a revelation to me. What has been nick-named "The Clock" gets a real racy treatment that grabbed me by the throat. And Jochum never let go! The opening movement is played with attention-grabbing exuberance. The big plus with this set is the jaunty Haydn 88th.

This is another set that the serious Haydn collector ought to have at his disposal."
Classic Haydn Returns
Michael B. Richman | Portland, Maine USA | 01/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"With this 5-disc DG "Collectors Edition" boxed set, Eugen Jochum's incredible early-70s performances of Haydn's 12 "London" Symphonies make a welcome return to the catalog. While I will always treasure the recordings I grew up on (Szell's "90s" Symphonies and Bernstein's "100s"), Jochum's accounts are as good as any currently available, including the celebrated ones by Davis and Dorati. Even serious collectors who own the initial CD release of these works will have to take a second look at this new set because of what is contained on its 5th Disc. It features three symphonies -- No. 91 with the Bavarian RSO from 1958, and Nos. 88 & 98 with the Berlin Philharmonic from 1961 & '62 respectively -- which have never been previously available on CD. They were enough for me to spring for an upgrade, and I am really glad I did!"
A Must Buy
M. Seeley | 12/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I love this set so much I sold my Davis Duo sets to the used shop. This is a must buy for any Haydn fan."