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Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 88, 101 'The Clock' & 104 'London' / Philharmonia Baroque Orch., McGegan (rec. live 2007-2009)

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

San Francisco's Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season in 2010-11. Led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan since 1985, Philharmonia Baroque is recognized as one of the finest chamber orchestras, as well as one of the most exciting period instrument ensembles, in the country. This trio of Haydn symphonies displays the remarkably consistent quality and inventiveness of the composer's output. From the clever and concise symphony No.88 to the humorous "Clock" to the dazzling and sonorous symphony No.104 (Haydn's swan song to the genre), this superb collection bears eloquent witness to Haydn's consummate mastery.

"There are no finer period-instrument Haydn symphony performances available than these. Using a nearly 50-piece orchestra (thank God!), McGegan captures the music's full grandeur as well as its intimacy. These players sound like a real orchestra, a group with a corporate identity, an attractive ensemble sonority, superb wind soloists, and, miracle of miracles, period strings that don't sound like a den of dying cats. McGegan's phrasing of the "clock" theme in the eponymous symphony's second movement is a model of stylishness and wit--listen and I dare you not to smile... We need Haydn recordings like this: warm, humorous, affecting, yet fully cognizant of period scholarship and style. They are far too rare." -Classics Today

"These excellent performances were recorded live, as becomes evident especially in the Symphonies Nos. 88 and 101, with mounting excitement toward the end. The playing sounds spontaneous throughout, yet dynamic contrasts are beautifully judged to capture Haydn’s playfulness and mystery." -The New York Times

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA (02/10/2007-02/11/2007)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1795

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 88 in G major, H 1 no 88
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA (11/15/2008-11/16/2008)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1787

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 101 in D major, H 1 no 101 "Clock"
  • Conductor: Nicholas McGegan
  • Ensemble: Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
  • Notes: First Congregational Church, Berkeley, CA (09/12/2009-09/13/2009)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1793-1794