SCHERCHEN / The 1950s Haydn Symphonies Recordings

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HERMANN SCHERCHEN
The 1950s Haydn Symphonies
Recordings

Symphonien · Symphonies
No. 44 »Mourning« · No. 45 »Farewell«
No. 49 »La passione«
No. 55 »The Schoolmaster«
Nos. 80, 88, 92 »Oxford« · No. 93
No. 94 »The Surprise« · No. 95
No. 96 »The Miracle« · Nos. 97 - 99
No. 100 » Military« · No. 101 »The Clock«
No. 102 · No. 103 »Drum Roll«
No. 104 »London«
Orchester der Wiener Staatsoper
Wiener Symphoniker
Int. Release 01 Dec. 2003
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Original Masters · partly MONO


Track List

CD 1: Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 44, 92, 45

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.44 in E Minor, Hob.I:44 -"Mourning"

Symphony No.92 in G Major, Hob.I:92 - "Oxford"

Symphony No.45 in F-Sharp Minor, Hob.I:45 -"Farewell"

10.
0:00
5:46

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Total Playing Time 1:10:55

CD 2: Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 49, 55, 80, 88

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.49 in F Minor, Hob.I:49 -"La passione"

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.55 in E-flat Major, Hob.I:55 - "The Schoolmaster"

Symphony No.80 in D Minor, Hob.I:80

10.
0:00
5:36

Wiener Symphoniker, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.88 in G Major, Hob.I:88

14.
0:00
10:04

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Total Playing Time 1:19:25

CD 3: Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 93, 94, 104

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.93 in D Major, Hob.I:93

Symphony No.94 in G Major, Hob.I:94 - "Surprise"

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.104 in D Major, Hob.I:104 - "London"

Wiener Symphoniker, Hermann Scherchen

Total Playing Time 1:20:05

CD 4: Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 95, 98, 99

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.95 in C Minor, Hob.I:95

Wiener Symphoniker, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.98 in B-flat Major, Hob.I:98

Symphony No.99 in E-flat Major, Hob.I:99

10.
0:00
9:20

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Total Playing Time 1:16:47

CD 5: Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 96, 97, 103

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.96 in D Major, Hob.I:96 - "The Miracle"

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.97 in C Major, Hob.I:97

Symphony No.103 in E-flat Major, Hob.I:103 - "Drum Roll"

Wiener Symphoniker, Hermann Scherchen

Total Playing Time 1:17:52

CD 6: Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 100-102

Franz Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809)
Symphony No.100 in G Major, Hob.I:100 - "Military"

Wiener Symphoniker, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.101 in D Major, Hob.I:101 - "The Clock"

Vienna State Opera Orchestra, Hermann Scherchen

Symphony No.102 in B-flat Major, Hob.I:102

10.
0:00
7:41

Wiener Symphoniker, Hermann Scherchen

Total Playing Time 1:18:54

The great Haydn scholar HC Robbins Landon summarised Scherchen's approach as "brillant, intellectual, honest, uncompromising and eccentric" . . . Try the spoken leave-takings of the "Farewell", the super-charged percussion of the "Military" or the extraordinary dilated slow movement of No. 88 to see how provocative the conductor's vision can be.

. . . these recordings, the earliest extensive one-conductor exploration of the symphonies, have more guts and passion . . . they look forward to the clean lines and bright sounds that are now part and parcel of the way music from the Classical period is delivered . . . the intention is absolutely clear: to put Haydn in his rightful place as a radical composer who pushed form, tonality, counterpoint, dynamic contrast and the use of silence to new expressive ends . . . the quality of the music-making . . . reveals the genius of Haydn in full measure.

. . . these are versions to explore, then treasure for the phrasing -- the slow movement of the 'Clock' is a prime example -- which is so musical. The set has readings to rank with the most memorable Haydn by his contemporaries.

. . . a champion of the new who excelled in making the old sound as radical as it did in the days when these works burst upon an unsuspecting world . . . Such originality, from composer and conductor, demands to be heard, and this well-transfered, generously filled budget-priced box is the way to do it.

"Brilliant, intellectual, honest, uncompromising and eccentric," is how HC Robbins Landon once described these Haydn symphony performances, and if that seems like a lot of adjectives to get your head round in one go, it does not take anything away from the truth of them . . . Scherchen, one of th 20th-century's great new-music conductors, turns out to be a classicist of humanity and warmth.

It is fascinating to roll back the years and hear Hermann Scherchen's Westminster recordings of the major symphonies made in the 1950s . . . The "Farewell" with the Vienna State Opera Orchestra is particularly touching . . . This is a worthy historical document . . . Scherchen is no slouch with tempi, and the musical personality seems ponderous, earnest and sombre on this evidence . . . Scherchen's monolithic legacy does not fail to impress.