88.2kHz/24-bit, FLAC; Alpha ALPHA678 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Subtitled ‘Lamentatione’ this album download comes with a 54-page PDF booklet populated with relevant b/w Magnum photographs – a classy affair. It’s the sixth volume in a period instrument cycle shared with Antonini’s Il Giardino Armonico [see HFN Sep ’16, p92 for Decca’s similar project under Ottavio Dantone]. Symphony No 26 in D-minor, the ‘Lamentatione’, is thought to contain an imagined conversation between God and a sinner for the Adagio (whereas Haydn mostly thought in terms of pure music). It contrasts with the C major ‘Alleluia’, while No 79 unusually boasts five movements. Symphony No 3 (c.1762) boasts a fugal finale alla breve. The playing is throughout superb and the sound beautifully balanced with an appreciable ambience from a hall within the city’s Landgasthof Riehen. There’s a 180g vinyl option too. CB

Sound Quality: 90%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

The vibrancy of the massed strings is instantly visible here in the burst of harmonics from the Minuet, Symp No 3, though the notch and reflection at 28kHz looks unusual. Otherwise it’s an 88.2kHz file with good dynamic range. PM