""In the wake of Haydn's glorious first journey to England in 1791-1792 (after three decades in Esterh·za 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 Esterh·zy 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.
The record is Exc+.
The jacket is Exc.
The LP plays/sounds NM.
Excellent detail, tonality, imaging and soundstage define this recording. In groups of massed strings you can identify the individual instruments. The soundstage is wide and very deep and captures hall ambiance for a most realistic sound. Bass is deep, mid-range sweet and the high's are bell-like. An excellent recording.
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