"In the wake of Haydn's glorious first journey to England in 1791-1792 (after three decades in Esterhazy castle on a marshy plain in Western Hungary), he grew angry and dispirited back home in Vienna, where Prince Anton had moved the court. While he remained the official and fully-salaried Esterhazy Kapellmeister, there were no duties. Newspapers took no notice of his return or the extraordinary success abroad. His cherished Mozart had died; his Xanthippean wife behaved more mulishly than ever; and there was an unpleasant year spent with brash young Beethoven ó come from Bonn to study with him ó who made it plain that were Mozart still alive, he would have been first choice.
And so, when Johann Peter Salomon invited Haydn back to England for two more seasons of concerts, he was primed. Managing to finagle permission from Prince Anton (who kept him on the payroll as a trophy), he left Vienna on January 19, 1794, accompanied by his copyist and devoted factotum, Joseph Elssler. Haydn had already composed Symphony No. 99 and portions of 100 and 101 (the latter nicknamed Clock by London audiences) for a new season of 12 concerts in the Hanover Square Rooms, where an expert orchestra now included clarinets. He and Salomon co-conducted ó from the harpsichord and the concertmaster's chair, respectively." - AMG.
This is an RCA "White Dog" release in Stereo from 1964.
The RCA "Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
This is an early pressing with 6S/4S as part of the Matrix.
The record is Exc++.
The Jacket is Exc-.
The LP plays/sounds NM.
A warm, lush and open sound. Deep Bass, warm mid-range and lush, open treble. Strings are sweet and airy and very will defined. Excellent dynamic range. The soundstage is wide with good depth and solid imaging.
Surface noise is slight and barely audible on quiet passages.
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