Thirty-three Haydn Symphonies, which for sheer innovation, ingenuity, variety and pure pleasure take some beating. Originally on the Philips label and now branded Decca, the attractive original LPs’ and CDs’ artwork is retained, Neville Marriner and his trusty ASMF musicians are found unfailingly lively and eloquent. The majority of the Symphonies here sport familiar and enticing nicknames, and Sir Neville’s approach is without fad or fancy, modern, the result being performances for all seasons – Haydn and us the winners. As an overview, the players clearly enjoy the music, with a response that is stylish and affectionate; slow movements are shapely; Minuets really dance (Trios are tempo-related); and quick movements are bubbly and vigorous, brought off with vitality and precision. All the miraculous ‘Paris’ Symphonies (82-87) are included, also some of the ‘London’ set, plus other gems, approximately one-third of Haydn’s supreme symphonic output – all very well recorded, with immediacy, clarity and dynamism. Eloquence 484 3214 is of fifteen CDs, a box of delights, including a booklet generous with insightful essays (by Cowan, Harrison, and Pilavachi). For further information, please click on the link below.