|This is my post from this week's Tuesday Blog.|
Almost a year ago, I shared a series of Joseph Haydn's London symphonies from a 1950s MONO collection, under the baton of Hermann Scherchen.
Scherchen was musically self-taught. Early in his career, he played viola, and for a time he accompanied Arnold Schoenberg on tour. Interned in Russia during the First World War, he returned to Berlin after the war and founded in 1918 the Neue Musikgesellschaft ("Society for New Music"). In 1933, he fled Germany for Belgium, where he was publisher of Musica viva (1933-36), and conducted in Spain, France and elsewhere in Europe during and after the Second World War; he made his American debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in 1964.
Scherchen collaborated with avant-garde composers by presenting their works on record and in concert. He recorded with orchestras of Vienna, London and Paris and devoted special attention to the works of Baroque and classical masters in addition to contemporary voices.
You will find the complete collection of the twelve London symphonies as well as some other selections from Scherchen's near-complete Haydn cycle on the Italian website LiberMusica.
Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809)
Symphony No. 93 in D Major, Hob.I:93
Symphony No. 99 in E-Flat Major, Hob.I:99
Symphony No. 100 in G Major, Hob.I:100 « Military » (*)
Symphony No. 101 in D Major, Hob.I:101 «The Clock »
Wiener Symphoniker (*)
Hermann Scherchen, conducting
Internet Archive - https://archive.org/details/haydn_sinf_93_sh_02_largo_c_etc