Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle - Haydn: Symphonies 88-92, Sinfonia Concertante (2007/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44.1 kHz | Time - 145:13 minutes | 1.28 GB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Artwork: Digital booklet
This live recording of a group of Haydn's late masterworks lies at the intersection of several tales of trouble – that of Simon Rattle's conductorship of the venerable Berlin Philharmonic, that of the EMI label's flagging fortunes and those of the classical recording industry in general, and that of the attempts of the massive symphony orchestras rooted in the nineteenth century to remain relevant in music written by composers who for the most part had no inkling of their existence. The results are, well, troubled. Rattle tries to borrow a page from the authentic-performance book, using a small group of strings with little vibrato and striving for transparent textures that reveal Haydn's wind and horn parts.