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    Question What are your favorite period instrument Haydn and Mozart symphony recordings .....

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    I really like Frans Brüggen's recordings of Haydn's Paris symphonies. And I like Kuijken's recordings of the "Oxford" symphonies, 88-92, with La Petite Bande. As for Mozart, I haven't heard a single period instruments recording that I like, so I can't comment there.

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    I've been thinking about picking up a complete Haydn symphony set but I'm not sure what to get? I don't think there are many in print. Sometimes the period instruments can sound a bit weedy. I'll have to do more listening before I decide on something.
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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    I've been thinking about picking up a complete Haydn symphony set but I'm not sure what to get? I don't think there are many in print. Sometimes the period instruments can sound a bit weedy. I'll have to do more listening before I decide on something.
    Ádám Fischer is a good one on Brilliant. I haven't heard it all by any means but I suspect it's worthwhile.

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    My favorite HIP Mozart is Jordi Savall’s 2019 set of the last 3 symphonies. Big, bold, brash and just plain fun with very tasteful tempo choices. I like my Mozart full-bodied and luxurious, so the anemic, scratchy strings and speedy tempi of Gardiner and Bruggen don’t connect with me.

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    My favorite Mozart are The English Concert under Trevor Pinnock. They have spirited playfulness that to me suits Mozart very well.

    For HIP Haydn the Brüggen recordings are my preferred versions most of the time.

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    I will start with Haydn:

    Sigiswald Kuijken recorded an excellent set of London symphonies on DHM.

    Norrington is very good in the last 6 London symphonies (99-104) with the aptly named period orchestra London Classical Players. A particular favorite from this two-cd set on Virgin is no. 101 "Clock". (Norrington later recorded all of the London symphonies with a modern orchestra, but I don't particularly like them).

    Marc Minkowski made a good set of London Symphonies on Naive, but he ruined the "Surprise" symphony with a gimmicky surprise: a singer screaming when the surprise comes! (Maybe that's funny the first time, but..

    Brüggen's London and Paris symphonies are terrific too - they have a big band sound, but they are played on period instruments. He also recorded a set of Sturm & Drang symphonies - I think they are good, but the Sturm und Drang period is just not my favorite Haydn.

    Unfortunately Harnoncourt didn't record the London symphonies with a period orchestra. His recording on modern instruments with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra is loved by everyone but me.

    Harnoncourt with his very own Concentus Musicus Wien is smoking hot and hip in the Paris symphonies.
    There is also a box with these symphonies with Harnoncourt and the CMW: 6, 7, 8, 30, 53, 69, 31, 59, 73, 45, 60 on Teldec/Warner which is often overlooked - very good!

    I already recommended the DHM London symphonies by Kuijken, but he also recorded a whole lot of Haydn symphonies on Virgin: The Paris Symphonies and the symphonies no. 88-92 and also these: 26, 52, 53.

    Unfortunately there is no complete set of Haydn's symphonies on period instruments that I would recommend. I tried one cd from the Hyperion cycle with Roy Goodman and wasn't impressed at all.
    And: Hogwood's Decca/L'oiseau-Lyre box is not complete: some symphonies are missing - among them The Paris symphonies and only four of the London symphonies are included. That is a terrible shame: I like Hogwood's Haydn.

    Unfortunately most record labels have a terrible habit of not keeping Haydn's symphonies in print - so to a large extend you have to try to buy your Haydn CDs used or rely on streaming services such as Spotify or YouTube or whatever you have access to.

    I can post links and pictures if you can't find the recordings I mentioned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    My favorite HIP Mozart is Jordi Savall’s 2019 set of the last 3 symphonies. Big, bold, brash and just plain fun with very tasteful tempo choices. I like my Mozart full-bodied and luxurious,
    It certainly is a distinctive sound!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ras View Post
    Marc Minkowski made a good set of London Symphonies on Naive, but he ruined the "Surprise" symphony with a gimmicky surprise: a singer screaming when the surprise comes! (Maybe that's funny the first time, but..
    The scream is part 2 of Minkowski's surprise. In part 1 the music got interrupted. Something dropped? I have got only sound but no picture, so I can't tell. Personally I'm not too bothered by the scream, as I only listen to Haydn once in a while anyway, and that's quite a funny moment, as well as the reaction of the audience in this live recording. Frequent repeated listening is not recommended though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mandryka View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Allegro Con Brio View Post
    My favorite HIP Mozart is Jordi Savall’s 2019 set of the last 3 symphonies. Big, bold, brash and just plain fun with very tasteful tempo choices. I like my Mozart full-bodied and luxurious,
    It certainly is a distinctive sound!
    I like it!

    There's a great energy to it, it's less civilized than others I've heard and all the better for it — the sense that they are wringing everything they can out of what they've got.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    I like it!

    There's a great energy to it, it's less civilized than others I've heard and all the better for it — the sense that they are wringing everything they can out of what they've got.
    Yes, "less civilized" is a great way to describe it. Sometimes playing Mozart in a polite, mannered style (like Bruno Walter, who is probably my favorite Mozart conductor) can work wonders. But sometimes I just want to hear a band let loose and have fun with the music. Beecham is a good example of this on modern instruments, and it's why I love Savall so much.

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    The effect of the orchestration and recording dynamics makes them sound almost like big chamber pieces.

    I also like his idea that the last three symphonies were meant to be a trilogy. It makes sense to me and in any case I enjoy listening to them in sequence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Helgi View Post
    The effect of the orchestration and recording dynamics makes them sound almost like big chamber pieces.

    I also like his idea that the last three symphonies were meant to be a trilogy. It makes sense to me and in any case I enjoy listening to them in sequence.
    Are all three on one disc? I wouldn't think they would fit.

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    I bought a download, so I can listen straight through them all

    The CD version is a bit of a puzzle; it's on 2 discs, with #40 on both CD 1 and 2 to give people a chance to listen to them without break. At least 39-40 and then 40-41.

    The K 477 funeral music is placed at the end of disc 1, even though it is intended to be played at the very end after #41.

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