One of the major recording projects of the last ten years: the recording of the complete 104 symphonies by Joseph Haydn.
Performed by the Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra conducted by Adam Fischer. This orchestra was especially formed for these recordings by first-desk players from the Wiener Philharmonic and the Hungarian State Orchestra. These players maintain the unique Central European performing practice. It is difficult to describe this practice: it is a natural flow of ritardandi, rhythmical deviations and accents, which make the music come alive and reveal its innate dramatic quality.
Played on modern instruments. Why? because the players come from the big and the best symphonic orchestras, and are used to their instruments. Moreover, the players perform in a living tradition, and have developed their own musical language.
Each symphony was recorded in the magnificent Haydnsaal of the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, where Haydn actually worked as a Kapellmeister, giving this project an unique authentic feeling.