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Symphony No.99 in E flat
Symphony No.101 in D (Clock)
English Chamber Orchestra
Jeffrey Tate

Recorded May 1988 in No.1 Studio, Abbey Road, London
CD No: EMI 3 88666 2
Duration: 57 minutes
Reviewed: May 2007
Blessed with excellent recorded sound – immediate and warm – Jeffrey Tate secures lively, detailed and affectionate accounts of two great Haydn symphonies. The E flat mixes majesty, exuberance and eloquence – and how beautifully the Adagio is turned. The famous ‘Clock’ enjoys mystery, roundness and charm, the tick-tocking of the second movement leaving no doubt as to the validity of the nickname.


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