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Thread: SS 31.12.16 - Haydn #99

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alydon View Post
    I'm sticking to Antal Dorati & Philharmonia Hungarica, always a reliable choice.
    I have that one on right now, however, still staying with Bernstein this time.
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    I will probably play my vesrion by Colin Davis, but may possibly go with my versions by Jochum or Szell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterF View Post
    I will probably play my vesrion by Colin Davis, but may possibly go with my versions by Jochum or Szell.
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    After hearing the Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra version, my opinion remains that this symphony is just okay. It has a few pleasant moments, but otherwise, it very much sounds to me like sonic wallpaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bharbeke View Post
    After hearing the Colin Davis/London Symphony Orchestra version, my opinion remains that this symphony is just okay. It has a few pleasant moments, but otherwise, it very much sounds to me like sonic wallpaper.
    For me, Haydn's No. 99 is probably my least favorite London Symphony.

    I wasn't going to say anything, but you gave me the opening!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    For me, Haydn's No. 99 is probably my least favorite London Symphony.

    I wasn't going to say anything, but you gave me the opening!!!

    Hmm. That's interesting because I LOVE it.

    Different strokes and all that . . .
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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    Hmm. That's interesting because I LOVE it.

    Different strokes and all that . . .
    Thanks for asking. My favorite is No. 102. It has the most incredible finale-a virtuosic four minute whirlwind, simply amazing.

    And while I'm at it, has any composer packed more music into a four minute finale than Haydn did?
    Last edited by hpowders; Jan-04-2017 at 04:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JACE View Post
    Hmm. That's interesting because I LOVE it.

    Different strokes and all that . . .
    Not to mention taste.
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    Of the London group, the three symphonies that have so far been pretty average are 98, 99, and 102. Hpowders, what version or versions have been the best for No. 102 in your listening experience?

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    I listened to one of the old classics - Vienna State Opera Orchestra/Mogens Wöldike. The stereo separation is rather wide (as is typical of the time), but it is an energetic performance, and it isn't as mushy as most mid-century performances are.

    This symphony tends to be overshadowed by some of the others, but I find it interesting nonetheless. The minuet, in particular, seems to strain against the constraints of its form. I detect a fair amount of dissonance, and the staccato notes in the main theme cause it to deviate considerably from the expected stately dance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hpowders View Post
    Thanks for asking. My favorite is No. 102. It has the most incredible finale-a virtuosic four minute whirlwind, simply amazing.

    And while I'm at it, has any composer packed more music into a four minute finale than Haydn did?
    Try No.96 finale - amazingly condensed piece but hits the mark every time.

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