HAYDN: SYMPHONIES NOS. 88, 101 & 104
Franz Joseph Haydn
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra
Philharmonia Baroque Productions
San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra celebrates its 30th Anniversary Season in 2010-11. Led by Music Director Nicholas McGegan since 1985, Philharmonia Baroque is recognized as one of the finest chamber orchestras, as well as one of the most exciting period-instrument ensembles, in the country. This trio of Haydn symphonies displays the remarkably consistent quality and inventiveness of the composer’s output. From the clever and concise symphony No. 88 to the humorous “Clock” to the dazzling and sonorous symphony No.104 (Haydn’s swan song to the genre), this superb collection bears eloquent witness to Haydn’s consummate mastery.
“McGegan can endow even the slightest phrase with a significance that seizes the attention, leaving the listener wondering what the next phrase will bring… It is what makes Philharmonia Baroque experiences so exciting.”
–San Francisco Examiner