..."Haenchen keeps a tight rein on the proceedings -- perhaps recognizing that Haydn's jokes work best when you play them with a straight face -- and these are crisp and disciplined performances
. Although works like the "Surprise" and "Drum Roll" were played so often and so long by standard modern orchestras one accustomed to such tradition might find the reduced size of the Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Chamber Orchestra a little lacking in heft, the musicians make up for that through increased mobility and sharpness of the ensemble.
The playing is so good that it might well dislodge one's own sentimental favorite in either the "Surprise" or "Drum Roll," and as most listeners haven't encountered "Il Distratto," this wacky, six-movement effort will come as a nice surprise."...Ganze Rezension