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Penguin Guide, January 2009

The nickname ‘Mercury’ for No. 43 probably relates to a stage work, with a fine A flat slow movement opening on muted strings. No. 47 brings striking military horn-calls at the start, beautifully caught in this recording; but the most memorable of the three is No. 46, with its lilting B minor slow movement. Its extraordinary finale is then punctuated by sudden silences, with sharp modulations and an unexpected quotation from the preceding Minuet. Mühler-Brühl’s choice of speeds cannot be faulted, with allegros crisp and alert and slow movements kept flowing.



Thomas McClain
American Record Guide, December 2001

In January/February 2001 I reviewed an earlier volume of Muller-Bruhl's Haydn series, containing the Sinfonia Concertante and Symphonies 13 and 36. I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed this one also. The conductor combines spirit and grace--not always an easy matter. Balance is the key to his approach, and it works. Good taste also figures prominently, making the series worth having for its staying power as well as its musicality. Fads come and go, but good taste remains.

Symphony 43, known as Mercury, has its opening movement played as a spirited romp, while the inner ones are graceful and lyrical. The finale is zestful and lively, never running away with itself. Symphonies 46 and 47 are also handsomely played, the minuets especially delightful--true courtly dances, not the gallops that musicians more concerned with trendiness than musicality like to make them. And there is just enough shadow in them to suggest that Haydn understood how hollow 18th Century pomp really was. The slow movements too are shadowed enough to remind us that Muller-Bruhl and his players understand what sturm und drang meant to Haydn and should mean to us...

Those who choose this series for the price need apologize to no one. The sound is superb--warm and clear. The notes and packaging are excellent. Naxos notes are the envy of most full-price labels. Buy and enjoy."



Edward Greenfield
Gramophone, October 2001

"Strongly recommendable...very well recorded, this is another excellent addition to a welcome series, a worthy rival for existing versions.."



K. Leander Williams
Time Out New York, September 2001

"What eventually turned Herman into the most enduring bandleader this side of Duke Ellington and Sun Ra was the balance he struck between what one might call soul and sophistication...The BTPTB compilation from Naxos is pure early Dixieland, but what distinguishes the disc is Herman-the-entertainer's singing; his vocals grace every track, for better or worse."






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