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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 92, 94, 104 & 99; Schubert: Symphony No. 6; Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 "Italian" / Krips

Notes & Reviews:

Eloquence is a series of classical recordings culled from the archives of Decca and Deutsche Grammophon and originating from Australia. One of the most critically-acclaimed of classical reissue series in the world today, the series presents music for the casual buyer as well as increasingly for the connoisseur. Recordings on the Eloquence series have received the highest international critical acclaim for imagination and inventiveness. Most of all, it is noted for the resurrection of numerous analogue recordings hitherto unreleased on CD. Several have been given a 10/10 rating on ClassicsToday.

Among the highlights of this series have been the systematic exploration of the Decca recordings of Ernest Ansermet, Zubin Mehta, Peter Maag, Josef Krips, Kirsten Flagstad, István Kertész, Imogen Holst, Christopher Hogwood as well as such iconic ensembles as the Vienna Octet, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet and The Consort of Musicke. They have received the highest critical praise and most of them appearing on CD for the first time. In some cases Hogwood, Fitzwilliams, Consort of Musicke the artists have contributed introductory notes. Forthcoming is a survey of the Decca recordings of Alicia de Larrocha and the Deutsche Grammophon recordings of Lazar Berman and Irmgard Seefried.

Born in Vienna in April 1902, the cheery-looking Josef Krips seems to have been pre-destined to achieve eminence in the Viennese classics. He recorded with both, the Wiener Philharmoniker and the key London orchestras for Decca in the 1940s, 50s and 60s and the interpretations have genuine expressive power while remaining devoid of exaggeration or affectation. What could be more enjoyable than spending an hour or two in the company of Haydn, Schubert and Mendelssohn in their sunniest moods, especially when our guide is the amiably expert Viennese conductor Josef Krips? The recordings here take in two London orchestras as well as the Vienna Philharmonic and span nearly ten years (1948-1957). They are especially notable for bringing together all of Krips's Haydn recordings for Decca. The notes for this issue are by Tully Potter and it forms part of a series of five reissues devoted to the art of Josef Krips. 'This remains the best available version of Haydn's splendid Symphony No. 99 in E flat' (Gramophone) 'meticulous dynamics and sensitive phrasing' [Schubert Symphony No. 6] (Gramophone) 'is gracious pleasure to be obtained from the sunshine [Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4] (Gramophone)

American Record Guide, November/December 2014
If you like Krips's Schubert Ninth, a famous recording where his congeniality was perfectly suited to the piece, you'll like him here too. The sound varies somewhat. The later recordings (VPO) sound the best. I would look at Beecham, who recorded all the works presented here for EMI and had wonderful things to say about these composers.


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