Another long absence from posting! Sorry, but my unbelievably busy semester (and year) of work is nearly done, so it’ll be back to important things very soon…like working on transfers!
I’ll leave the comments to a minimum this time, but if you like your Haydn with a decent sized (but not bloated) band, and a bit lean and mean, Leitner will do very nicely. While not high on Beechamesque charm and twinkle, these are beautifully played, well thought out versions, which along with much of Leitner’s work, remains neglected on cd. The “fillers” are from DG Variable Micgrograde 78 pressings, which means more noise than the lp issues, but a bit more sonic depth as well. A few posts down the road I will offer the lp version of the Bach for comparison’s sake.
Haydn: Symphony No. 100 in G major ‘Military’
Symphony No. 102 in B-flat major
Recorded December 1/2 & October 18/19, 1957
DG 19 151 (Lp)
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Ansbach Bach Orchestra
Recorded July 24/31, 1948
DG Arkiv 2401 (Variable Micrograde 78 pressing)
WEBER (orch. Berlioz): Aufforderung zum Tanz, op. 65
(Invitation to the Dance)
Recorded April 26/27, 1952
DG 72216 (Variable Micrograde 78 pressing)