Among the repertoire on the disc are two of Haydn’s greatest symphonies: the heart-rending Symphony no.49
‘La Passione’, one of the finest examples of Haydn’s Sturm und Drang period, and no.22 ‘The Philosopher’, often
thought to be named after the piece's use of a tick-tock effect evoking the image of a philosopher deep in
thought while time passes.
“Based in Devon, this new orchestra, drawn from former European Union Chamber Orchestra members, display a tight, light sound that serves most of this Haydn programme well. The finale to Symphony No 49, La Passione, needs more passion and drive; but there’s enough joy elsewhere, in the Philosopher symphony (No 22), and two divertimenti. Strings are incisive, sometimes slashing like scythes, and woodwinds very clean.” The Times, 23rd May 2008 ***
“There is a distinct lack of routine in all these performances, the small band of musicians acquitting themselves very creditably indeed.” Gramophone Magazine, July 2008
“The Sinfonia Classica under Gernot Süssmuth really breathes life into all these pieces, hitting on exactly the right colour and atmosphere for each.” BBC Music Magazine, Proms 2008 ****