Classic Haydn Reissued. (Compact Disc Notice)

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Happily amid the declining sales of classical CDs in the UK, one innovative recording company continues to produce outstanding discs. Hyperion, not only carries on completing such important undertakings as the complete Liszt, but it also reissues classic recordings on its bargain label, Helios.

The most welcome recent reissue consists of recordings of Haydn's early symphonies (No. 1 to No. 25) on six bargain priced CDs which are available individually. (Helios CDH55111-CDH55116) All feature Roy Goodman conducting his Hanover Band and each disc has about 70 generous minutes of recording.

Of course, given this conductor and his band, these are period recordings using authentic instruments of the eighteenth century. Yet as would also be expected Goodman's interpretations have none of the frigidity of some authentic recordings. He is able to maintain the eighteenth century sense of order, but he also hints at the Romanticism that is slowly being born, especially in his leisurely interpretation of Haydn's slow movement. He conducts from the harpsichord and his playing there is exquisitely done as can be heard in the Adagio movement of No. …