CD of the Week | Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Haydn Symphonies


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"Good period performances of late Haydn symphonies have been hard to come by. This disc ranks among the best."

-- James H. North, Fanfare Magazine.

San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra has been dedicated to historically-informed performance of Baroque, Classical and early-Romantic music on original instruments since its inception in 1981. Under Music Director Nicholas McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque has been called “an ensemble for early music as fine as any in the world today” by Los Angeles Times critic Alan Rich.

Haydn was called the “father of the symphony”, and some of his greatest works in this form were composed for concerts he gave in London, including the three recorded live on this CD (#88, #101 "The Clock, and #104 "London").  

The New York Times says “These are really fine performances…seldom have Haydn's elemental dynamic contrasts sounded so properly in proportion or so mercurial, with the 50 or so players able to play out lustily in fortes and pull back quickly to quieter modes, whether playful, subtle or mysterious…beautifully produced and engineered.”

This CD is one of five nominees in the "Best Orchestral Performance" category in the 54th annual Grammy awards, to be held February 12th. See below for a complete list of classical Grammy nominees.

CD of the Week | Nicholas McGegan and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra: Haydn Symphonies

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Classical Grammy Nominees

Best Orchestral Performance

Haydn: Symphonies 88, 101 & 104 / McGegan, Philharmonia Baroque

Bowen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2 / Davis, BBC Philharmonic

Henze: Symphonies Nos. 3, 4 & 5 / Janowski, Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

Martinu: The 6 Symphonies / Jiri Belohlavek, BBC Symphony Orchestra

Brahms: Symphony No. 4 / Gustavo Dudamel, Los Angeles Philharmonic


Best Opera Recording

Adams: Doctor Atomic / Gilbert, Finley, Cooke, Fink, Glenn, Metropolitan Opera

Britten: Billy Budd / Elder, Ainsley, Ens, Paterson, Imbrailo

Rautavaara: Kaivos / Lintu, Hynninen, Katajala, Tampere Philharmonic

Verdi: La Traviata / Pappano, Fleming, Calleja, Hampson, Wade

Vivaldi: Ercole / Biondi, Villazon, Damrau, Lehtipuu, Genaux

Best Choral Performance

Beyond All Mortal Dreams - American A Cappella / Layton, Trinity College Choir

Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op. 45

Kind / Ensemble 96

Eric Whitacre: Light & Gold

The Natural World Of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

Best Small Ensemble Performance

G. L. Frank: Hilos, Adagio Para Amantani, Quijotadas / Alias Chamber Ensemble

The Kingdoms Of Castille / Richard Savino, El Mundo

Mackey: Lonely Motel: Music From Slide / Eckert, Mackey, Eighth Blackbird

A Seraphic Fire Christmas

The Bay Brass: Sound The Bells!

Best Classical Instrumental Solo

Chinese Recorder Concertos / Michala Petri, Lan Shui

Rachmaninov / Yuja Wang, Claudio Abbado, Mahler Chamber Orchestra

Rachmaninov: Piano Concertos 3 & 4 / Andsnes

Joseph Schwantner: Chasing Light / Guerrero, Nashville Symphony Orchestra

Winging It: Piano Music Of John Corigliano / Oppens, Lowenthal

Best Classical Vocal Solo

Diva Divo / Joyce DiDonato

Olav Anton Thommessen: Veslemoy Synsk

Cleopatra - Handel: Giulio Cesare Arias / Natalie Dessay

O Solitude - Purcell / Andreas Scholl, Accademia Bizantina

Three Baroque Tenors / Ian Bostridge

Best Contemporary Classical Composition

Robert Aldridge: Elmer Gantry

George Crumb: The Ghosts Of Alhambra

Jefferson Friedman: String Quartet No. 3

Steven Mackey: Lonely Motel - Music From Slide

Poul Ruders: Piano Concerto No. 2