HAYDN: COMPLETE SYMPHONIES (34 Discs) (Naxos: 8.503400)
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One of the most extraordinary bequests in the history of music, Haydn's symphonies established his reputation as the greatest composer of his time. This comprehensive boxed set - including not only Nos 1-104 but also No. 105 (Sinfonia concertante) and the less familiar No. 107 ('Symphony A') and No. 108 ('Symphony B') - celebrates both a highly commended symphonic series and a supremely imaginative composer who changed the course of classical music.
\Alert and vivacious playing from all concerned; admirable pacing and first-class sound..." Penguin Guide review of Symphonies, Vol. 10 (8550757
"Crisp, spirited readings... A winner." BBC Music Magazine review of Symphonies, Vol. 6 (8550721
"In short, these are first-rate modern-instrument versions of works that you should waste no time in getting to know." Classics Today review of Symphonies, Vol. 30 (8557656