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Haydn: Symphonies Nos 92, 93, & 97-99

  • Catalogue Number LSO0702
    UPC 822231170228

    James Mallinson producer
    Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd
    sound engineers

    Recorded live at the Barbican
    Symphony 92 - 2 & 4 October 2011
    Symphony 93 - 11 & 13 December 2011
    Symphony 97 - 6 & 9 May 2010
    Symphony 98 - 4 & 6 December 2011
    Symphony 99 - 26 May & 2 June 2011

    DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording
    Notes in English / en français / auf Deutsch

  • Top 10 Discs of 2014
    'These performances simply radiate joy: you can almost see Davis's benevolent smile… I really can't recommend these new performances highly enough.' Presto Classical

    Album of the WeekThis album confirms Sir Colin Davis' brilliance as a conductor of Haydn… All of these symphonies' expressive strength and rigour, their invention and mastery of form, are laid bare in these revelatory performances’ Classic FM

    **** Performance **** Recording 'Ravishing…The performance glows with affection for this life-enhancing music…Those who love Haydn should hear this set' BBC Music Magazine

    ****'Everything sounds beautiful and round…You can sit back and listen to the LSO play the beauty of this music'Pizzicato

    ‘This is a worthy tribute to the late Colin Davis. Recorded in 2011, these London Symphony Haydn performances easily uphold the conductor's reputation in the Classical repertoire… Fans of the conductor will find this an essential purchase… This is an excellent release from LSO Live.’ Classical.net

    ‘This new selection, recorded live in the Barbican in 2010-11, deploys an equally large orchestral line-up and makes as few concessions to ‘period’ performance. The performance is notably warmer and more personal, however; it glows with affection for this life-enhancing music.’ BBC Music Magazine

    ‘The recorded sound is excellent, and final applause has been removed. This is a release to treasure for great music and magnificent readings of it (and one doesn't forget Sir Colin's previous Haydn Symphonies, like tulips, from Amsterdam) ... and the front cover is quite striking in a feel-good way. Believe me, a couple of hours spent in the company of “Papa” Haydn and with a conductor who tapped so perceptively and benevolently into this imaginative and indestructible music (and which is so adaptable to a devoted and without-dogma approach, as here) makes the World a better place.’ Classical Source

    ‘All of these symphonies' expressive strength and rigour, their invention and mastery of form, are laid bare in these revelatory performances which confirm for all time Sir Colin's reputation as a pre-eminent interpreter of Haydn's music. He doesn't hold back and relishes the warmth of Haydn's sound world.’ Classic FM

    ‘Sir Colin Davis was famously disinterested in the historically informed school of Haydn, yet there’s so much tender affection for the music and appreciation of its wit and imagination as you just heard, that despite some stately tempi these performances are richly rewarding.’ BBC Radio 3 - Building a Library

    ‘There's so much to admire. The Barbican's dryish acoustic really works in Haydn's favour – timpani are nicely in tune and the LSO solo winds excel. A delectable pair of CDs.’ The Arts Desk

    ‘This is a richly rewarding and highly enjoyable set. The playing of the LSO is consistently excellent and one gets the distinct impression that the players were enjoying themselves – as well they might. Sir Colin’s way with Haydn is cultivated and invariably satisfying. These are a fine reminder of the stylish musicality of Sir Coin Davis. Two hours listening to late Haydn symphonies under his perceptive guidance is time very well spent.’ HDMusic.me

£7.19 £11.99

Sir Colin Davis, London Symphony Orchestra


The late Sir Colin Davis and the London Symphony Orchestra present a collection of Haydn’s expressive and resplendent London Symphonies alongside the spirited and melodic Oxford Symphony. 

Sir Colin Davis was long recognised as a pre-eminent Haydn interpreter. During his Indian summer with the orchestra he recorded both Die Schöpfung (The Creation) and Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons) for LSO Live. These symphonies presented here were recorded in 2011 during this same period, and make for revelatory listening.


Composer   Haydn
Conductor   Sir Colin Davis
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
Disc 1
1. Symphony No. 92 in G Major, 'Oxford Symphony': I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
2. Symphony No. 92 in G Major, 'Oxford Symphony': II. Adagio cantabile
3. Symphony No. 92 in G Major, 'Oxford Symphony': III. Menuetto, Allegretto
4. Symphony No. 92 in G Major, 'Oxford Symphony': IV. Presto
5. Symphony No. 93 in D Major: I. Adagio - Allegro assai
6. Symphony No. 93 in D Major: II. Largo cantabile
7. Symphony No. 93 in D Major: III. Menuetto, Allegro
8. Symphony No. 93 in D Major: IV. Finale, Presto ma non troppo
9. Symphony No. 97 in C Major: I. Adagio - Allegro assai
10. Symphony No. 97 in C Major: II. Adagio ma non troppo
11. Symphony No. 97 in C Major: III. Menuetto e trio, Allegretto
12. Symphony No. 97 in C Major: IV. Finale, Presto assai

Disc 2
1. Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat Major: I. Adagio - Allegro
2. Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat Major: II. Adagio
3. Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat Major: III. Menuetto, Presto
4. Symphony No. 98 in B-Flat Major: IV. Finale, Presto
5. Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major: I. Adagio - Vivace assai
6. Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major: II. Adagio
7. Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major: III. Menuetto e trio, Allegretto
8. Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major: IV. Finale, Vivace

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