A rich & varied menu
As a newcomer, I have been pleased and delighted by the BBC iPlayer site and the chance to listen to Iain Burnside's interview with Jane Glover about famous composers who visited London. It was transmitted at 10.00 am last Sunday and I was able to catch up with it later the same day. Haydn came off best. While others like Handel had a single movement played, we heard the whole of Haydn's Symphony No 96 (The Miracle) by Eugen Jochum and the LPO. A fine recording.
Also on Sunday's night' schedule was The Storm, a short choral piece Haydn wrote for London to show that he could set English words. 4.02 am in the morning may not be everybody's ideal time to listen! Certainly, I'm going to use the iPlayer service again later in the week to catch up with it.
The varied menu goes on through the week, with three diverse genres to listen to Monday. First, part of The Creation (the 6th Day) in Classical Collection, Symphony No 44 (Trauer) with Volkov & the BBC Scottish Orchestra at 2 pm and the Piano Trio in E flat Hob XV 10 at 4.14 am - another graveyard slot!
Tuesday has an aria from Il Mondo della luna around 7.10 am. Then follows a Haydn-free 24 hours before the countdown of symphonies begins again in Classical Collection with No 20 on Wednesday morning and No 21 in A [no wild horns this time] on Friday the 13th. That's also a fateful day for me, as I shall be rehearsing and making the final preparations at the British Library for our Haydn Society conference there over the weekend (click this link for details).
All welcome, as they say!