Markevitch/ONRF: Haydn Symphonies Nos. 101 & 102 - 33 QCX 10315, superb copy
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This beautiful LP – a lovely collector's copy – from Italian Columbia (33 QCX 10315, Italian pressing, blue/silver label, mono – no stereo edition exists) features conductor Igor Markevitch and the Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française's lithe and high-spirited accounts of Haydn's Symphonies No. 101 in D Major "Clock" and No. 102 in B-flat Major ", both recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris on 3 May 1955 and 26 May 1955, respectively. Markevitch had the gift of illuminating whatever score he played, and also of bringing out the best of any orchestra he led. This is big-band Haydn at its best.