I think these performances are the best of the conventional interpretations of these Symphonies. Became recorded Haydn Symphonies 93-98 in 1958, and Symphonies 99-104 in 1960, both with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra for MI. Beech’s performances are marked (marred? ) by a number of omissions and idiosyncrasies, but he approaches these works in a fresh and lively way. If you do not want to follow the performance in a copy of the printed score, then I would recommend Beech’s performances Including all of his blemishes!
Nikolas Harcourt (of “authentic performance” fame) began recording Haydn Symphonies with the Concertgoer’s Orchestra of Amsterdam, starting in 1990. I admire the clarity of Haricot’s interpretation. For example, the fugue in the first movement of Symphony 98 (bars 132-209) Is more clearly played by Harcourt than by any other conductor that I have heard (Became, Dorado, Davis, Sell, Fischer).
My only complaint with Harcourt concerns his choice of tempt: he takes the trio of the third movements slower than the minuet, he plays the Andante of Symphony 94 too fast, the first four measures of the first movement of symphony 98 are played aster than the second four, the minuet of Symphony 98 Is much too fast, there are unjustified pauses at measure 145 of the fourth movement of Symphony 94 and measure 90 of the third movement of symphony 98,…. Nell Heyday’s Symphonies 92-104 are his best known, some of his early symphonies are Just as good.
Symphony 30 (so-called “Alleluias”) and Symphony 31 (so-called ‘Hormonal”) are pretty. I particularly Like the recording by Mackerels of Symphonies 31 and 45 (Teller 80 156). Haydn wrote a large number of high-quality compositions, but many of them are known to most lovers of music. Perhaps for this reason recordings of Heyday’s music do not sell well, so there are not as many recordings to choose from. It Is a Callous, circular process. As one would expect from Heyday’s position In time, his orchestration Is more advanced than Bach’s but simpler than Beethoven’s.
Haydn seems more willing than Mozart to use chords that depart further from simple octaves, fifths, and thirds. Recommend Beech’s performances including all of his blemishes! Movement of Symphony 98 (bars 132-209) is more clearly played by Harcourt than only complaint with Harcourt concerns his choice of tempt: he takes the trio of faster than the second four, the minuet of Symphony 98 is much too fast, there are Nile Heyday’s Symphonies 92-104 are his best known, some of his early symphonies ‘Horrifying”) are pretty.