Friday, October 15, 2010

Haydn - Symphonies Nos.101 and 104 Mackerras, Orchestra of St. Luke's







Sir Charles Mackerras was one of the world's finest conductors. It's probably safe to say that he has never made a bad record, and his performances of music of the classical period, in particular, are always full of sparkle and excitement. Here, aided by some very polished and lively playing from the Orchestra of St. Mackerras in 2005. Luke's, he turns in super performances of two of Haydn's greatest symphonies. The Clock  takes its name from the slow movement, which features a ticktock accompaniment to a graceful tune that rapidly evolves into one of Haydn's wittiest inspirations. The London symphony was the last of the twelve that Haydn wrote for his two visits to the English capital in the 1790s. This is wonderful music with great sound. --David Hurwitz


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