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Haydn: Oxford & London Symphonies; Mozart: Paris Symphony / Sir Charles Groves, English Sinfonia

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford"
>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 31 in D major, K 297 (300a) "Paris"
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Gramophone
Finally, a lovely modern recording, most naturally balanced, the 'Paris' Symphony glowingly played by the English Sinfonia. Groves's tempos are exactly right.

Penguin Guide
Performances are robust, yet elegant, both slow movements are beautifully shaped... In the last movement of the 'Oxford' the dancing violins are a special delight in one of the composer's most infectious finales.

In 1791, Franz Joseph Haydn was awarded an honorary doctorate at Oxford and conducted a special performance of his most recent symphony (No. 92), which would forever be known as the Oxford Symphony. Over the next five years, during two extended visits, Haydn would write twelve symphonies in London, the finale of which (No. 104) is known as the London Symphony, best known for its highly spirited final movement. Likewise, during a brief sojourn in Paris, a 22-year old Mozart would write his Symphony No. 31 - the Paris Symphony. While Mozart was unsuccessful in his search for work in Paris, the symphony remains one of his bestknown.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Abbey Road No. 1 Studio (1988/1989).



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>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 92 in G major, H 1 no 92 "Oxford"
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Ensemble: English Sinfonia
  • Notes: Composition written: 1789.
  • Running Time: 25 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1789

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 104 in D major, H 1 no 104 "London"
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 28 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1795

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Symphony no 31 in D major, K 297 (300a) "Paris"
  • Conductor: Charles Groves
  • Running Time: 18 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1778