Academy Of Ancient Music & Richard Egarr : Birth Of The Symphony: Handel To Haydn


96kHz/24-bit FLAC, AAM Records AAM 001 (supplied by

Produced/engineered by Philip Hobbs in Sept ’11, for AAM Records’ first release, this programme takes us from the Sinfonia from Handel’s Saul to Haydn’s F-minor Symphony 49, ‘La Passione’, via works by FX Richter, Stamitz and Mozart: the remarkable K16 – written when he was eight! There’s a related documentary at where Egarr and leader Pavlo Beznosiuk describe the pieces and their salient features (such as the ‘busy’ bowing in the Stamitz opening Presto) intercut with film from concert performance – the two natural horns are quite a sight. The lively acoustic of St Jude on the Hill, London, adds a complementary bloom to the sound of this small authentic instruments orchestra; the playing is energetic, with flowing slow movements and wide contrasts, piano to forte. CB

Sound Quality: 80%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

No details were provided but the levels of noise suggest this was originally an analogue recording (or the mic preamps, perhaps?). Otherwise this is a true, uncompressed 96kHz/24-bit rendering with peaks rarely exceeding –6dBFs. PM