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David Threasher
Gramophone, September 2012

HAYDN: Symphonies, Vol. 5 (Nos. 85, 92, 103) 8.550387
HAYDN, J.: Symphonies (Complete) (34 CD Box set) 8.503400

Barry Wordsworth’s 1990 performance with Naxos’s Bratislava-based works band Cappella Istropolitana represents fine value at that label’s tempting price-point… © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




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.



American Record Guide

"Prospective collectors needn't be frightened away from these two well-filled budget-priced offerings from Naxos"



CD Review

"characteristically fine work by the versatile Mr Wordsworth"






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