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Symphony No. 82 (The Bear) - Joseph Haydn

Information about Symphony No. 82 by Joseph Haydn, and the best recordings available on CD or for download.

The first of the Paris Symphonies (numbers 82-87), so called because they were commissioned by the Concert de la Loge Olympique in Paris.

It was nicknamed "The Bear" because the last movement sounds like the street music traditionally used to accompany dancing bears.

The work was written in 1786, and is in the key of C major.


Fischer (Nimbus 7041)


A good selection of Haydn's symphonies, excellently performed on modern instruments.

Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra, conducted by Adám Fischer.

Nimbus 7041

Coupled with Symphonies Nos. 6 & 45 & 48 & 92 & 94

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Also included in the boxed set: Haydn - The Complete Symphonies MP3 Edition

Dorati (Decca 473 801-2)

473 801-2

Superb recordings of the six Paris Symphonies on modern instruments.

Philharmonia Hungarica, conducted by Antal Doráti, 2003.

Decca 473 801-2

Coupled with Symphonies Nos. 83 - 87

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