Max Goberman - Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 92 & 96


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Just over 50 years after his untimely death at the young age of 51, Sony Classical is proud to make available the pioneering recordings of Haydn symphonies which the American conductor Max Goberman made in Vienna in the early 1960s and which, had he lived, would have formed part of the first-ever complete recording of the great Austrian composer’s symphonic works. Initially released on LP by Goberman’s own label, these historic recordings not only boasted state-of-the-art 3-track stereo sonics and authentically idiomatic playing by the Vienna State Opera Orchestra and also took advantage of the latest musicological research to present startlingly fresh reinterpretations of these classic masterpieces in a lively, slimmed-down style that foreshadowed the historically informed period-instrument performances of today. Born in Philadelphia in 1911, and a student of both Leopold Auer and Fritz Reiner , Max Goberman was one of the most promising and enterprising American maestros of his time, equally at home in the concert hall, the opera house, the ballet theatre, on Broadway and in the recording studio. Having joined the Philadelphia Orchestra as a violinist while still in his teens, he soon formed his own orchestra, the New York Sinfonietta, which became noted for its adventurous programming. Goberman later became chief conductor of both New York City Opera and Ballet Theatre, while enjoying a parallel career on Broadway as musical director for such hit shows as Bernstein’s West Side Story. Goberman was also an entrepreneur, founding his own label with the aim of recording the complete orchestral works of Vivaldi and the complete symphonies of Haydn for sale to subscribers by mail-order. Sadly, he had only managed to record 75 of Vivaldi’s concertos and 45 of Haydn’s symphonies before dying from a heart attack on New Year’s Eve 1962. A few of Goberman’s Haydn recordings were later released but with severely compromised sound, the bizarre decision having been taken to hold back the centre channel of the 3-track master tapes, thus obscuring much of the woodwind and brass detail. Newly re-mastered from the original 3-track tapes wherever they were available, Sony Classical’s new offering of this Haydn series thus restores these historic recordings to pristine condition and general circulation for the very first time.

Contained here are Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 92 & 96

1. I. Adagio - Allegro spiritoso
2. II. Adagio
3. III. Menuet - Allegretto - Trio
4. IV. Presto
5. I. Adagio - Allegro
6. II. Andante
7. III. Menuetto - Allegretto - Trio
8. IV. Finale - Vivace assai

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