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Haydn: Complete Symphonies Vol. 16, Nos. 90 & 92 / Thomas Fey, Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 90 in C major ("Letter R"), H. 1/90
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford"
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

This recording presents two of "Papa" Haydn's greatest essays in the symphonic form: Symphony No. 90 in C Major and Symphony No. 92 in G Major, known as the "Oxford" Symphony. Both symphonies were part of a three-symphony commission by Comte d'Ogny for the Concerts de la Loge Olympique, where Haydn previously had tremendous success with the performances of his six "Paris" Symphonies.

In 2011 Thomas Fey was nominated for a Grammy for his world premiere recordings of the music of Antonio Salieri. Every release from Thomas Fey and his ensemble is presented as Haydn should sound today, performed on both modern string instruments and replicas of authentic period woodwind, brass and percussion instruments.

Gramophone Magazine
Fey has form for his previous heavy-handed telling of Haydn's jokes but, mirabile dictu, he plays this one pretty much straight...just about the best offering yet in this occasionally exasperating but always thought-provoking series.

Chris O'Reilly, 19th March 2012
Fey is rightly more interested in recreating the spirit, drama and character that Haydn would have wanted rather than strictly the sound world...it is clear that he combines that knowledge along with his sound musical instincts in everything he does...This is really exciting playing - bold and daring and invariably seems to somehow feel 'right'.



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 90 in C major ("Letter R"), H. 1/90
  • Conductor: Thomas Fey
  • Ensemble: Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Internationale Naturhornakademie in Bad Dürkheim (05/25/2011-05/26/2011)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1788

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford"
  • Conductor: Thomas Fey
  • Ensemble: Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra
  • Notes: Rudolf-Wild-Halle in Eppelheim (09/11/2010-09/12/2010)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1789