Yes the 1929 Toscanini Haydn #101 is quite good.I know I have it on the 50s Camden transfer.I may have it on the second (large) label 78s.I know I don't have the scroll 78s.Those pink label Camdens of the mid 50s are very under rated.I also have the stereo Scherchen Military.I know the original Westminster is kind of common.I am betting this Great Conductors of The 20th Century set is one of those collections of recordings that are fairly common on the original LPs and 78s.I will never understand the collectible CD market.I am a freak as far as classical music is concerned.Thousands of titles on 78 and LP,but none on any other format.
> Date: Fri, 9 May 2014 14:26:17 +0000
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Haydn
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> On 09/05/2014, David Lewis wrote:
> > I have more "modern" tastes in Haydn -- I think Dorati's attempt(s) to
> > record all of the symphonies contain some superb interpretations,
> > particularly of my favorite, No. 93. The discs I have heard out of
> > Adam Fischer's series for Nimbus with the Austro-Hungarian Haydn
> > Orchestra were also outstanding. I can see why Robbins-Landon
> > liked Karajan, as his recording of No. 49 is intense and dramatic, and
> > this comes from a listener who can take or leave HvK.
> > I have a friend, Greg Fernandez, who is a listener very well steeped
> > in Haydn. I one made him a CDR of some very old recordings of Haydn.
> > He was impressed by Toscanini's recording of "The Clock," but didn't
> > like Beecham -- at all. We both agree that we could use more of
> > Scherchen -- his recording of No. 45, "The Farewell," is something
> > else!
> Look for Scherchen's 1958 recording of the "Military", one of the few
> recordings by him in stereo. It is on a 2-CD set in the series "Great
> Conductors of the 20th Century" -- a valuable set.
> Klemperer could be surprisingly good in Haydn.
> I agree the Toscanini "Clock" from the 1920s is good.
> > I think Haydn really is one of the greatest of all Western
> > composers; works like "The Seven Last Words of Christ," his "Sunrise"
> > (Op. 76/4) and "Fifths" (Op. 76/2) string quartets and some of the
> > piano sonatas are daring and innovative beyond comprehension within
> > their own era. The old notion of friendly "Papa Haydn" in his little
> > wooden music shed, pumping out samey music for the prince like
> > piecework from a sewing machine, does not come anywhere near his
> > capabilities, nor what he actually achieved.
> And the late Masses.
> Don Cox
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