Originally Posted by hoodjem
If you do not believe that Haydn has any emotions or feeling in his music, then you are not listening deeply.
Requiem or the 40th symphony or the Piano concertos 466 and 491--I have multiple recordings of all of these by Bohm, von Karajan, Geza Anda, Colin Davis, Marriner, etcetera. (I choose not to listen to them, unless I want to go into diabetic shock.)
The best recordings of Mozart's symphonies are by Peter Maag. He manages to give Mozart some rhythmic drive, tension, and gravitas--not just more glossy schlagobers.
P.S. You are wrong about Beethoven. (He admired Handel most of all.)
hoddjem, Yes I meant that Beethoven admired only Mozart out of the two.
If you diminish the best Mozart works as too sweet or so it shows me you never heard them. They are composed in Minor and don't have any sweet or Rokoko touch. Please listen to them seriously. If you do so you will have tears in your eyes, at least in the Requiem, probably Mozart's greatest work.