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Penguin Guide, January 2009

HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 1 (Nos. 82, 96, 100) 8.550139
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 2 (Nos. 83, 94, 101) 8.550114
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 3 (Nos. 44, 88, 104) 8.550287
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 4 (Nos. 45, 48, 102) 8.550382
HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 5 (Nos. 85, 92, 103) 8.550387

Like Barry Wordsworth’s recordings of Mozart symphonies, with the Capella Istropolitana on the Naxos label, this Haydn collection provides a series of outstanding bargains at the lowest budget price. The sound is not quite as clean and immediate as in the Mozart series, a little boomy at times in fact, and Wordsworth’s preference for relatively relaxed speeds is a little more marked here than in Mozart, but the varied choice of works on each disc is most attractive. At their modest cost, these are well worth collecting.

BBC Radio 3

"That version conducted by Barry Wordsworth is the super-bargain of this review."


"...must compete with the Concertgebouw under Colin Davis... the best buy of any Haydn CD I've heard. Get it!"

Penguin Guide

"...well worth collecting."

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