"Franz Joseph Haydn is the composer who, more than any other, epitomizes the aims and achievements of the Classical era. Perhaps his most important achievement was that he developed and evolved in countless subtle ways the most influential structural principle in the history of music: his perfection of the set of expectations known as sonata form made an epochal impact. In hundreds of instrumental sonatas, string quartets, and symphonies, Haydn both broke new ground and provided durable models; indeed, he was among the creators of these fundamental genres of classical music. His influence upon later composers is immeasurable; Haydn's most illustrious pupil, Beethoven, was the direct beneficiary of the elder master's musical imagination, and Haydn's shadow lurks within (and sometimes looms over) the music of composers like Schubert, Mendelssohn, and Brahms.
The symphony's nickname comes from the "tick-tock" accompaniment that pervades much of the second movement (Andante). Bassoons and pizzicato strings provide the tick-tock at first, accompanying a graceful, slightly coy tune. There is a stormy interlude at the movement's center; then the tick-tock returns, this time played by the flute and bassoon two octaves apart." - AMG.
This is an RCA "White Dog" Stereo release from 1964
The "White Dogs" are considered to be of true Audiophile quality.
This was Riner's last recording before his death.
The record is Mint.
The jacket is Good+.
The LP plays/sounds NM+.
A wonderful, clean copy. The sound stage is wide with very good depth. Excellent imaging - each instrument is clearly identifable and occupies it's own distinct space.
What little surface noise exists is extremely low-level and only on the quietest passages.
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