A rich & varied menu again
We enjoyed a rich and varied menu at the Haydn Society's conference at the British Library last weekend. The sun shone, the speakers were stimulating and I conducted two of the late Notturni written for London with the Trinity Haydn Ensemble in the lunch-break. We performed in the vast entrance hall, which is a bit like a cathedral. What was really heartening was the way visitors to the Library stopped for a while on their way to the exhibition rooms and the cafe, obviously charmed by this marvellous divertimento-style music. I hope Haydn would have approved.
On air, yesterday was a big Haydn day, with Misha Donat's recommended recording from CD Review by the evergreen Beaux Arts Trio of the Piano Trio in C (Hob XV1 27) concluding Classical Collection. Radio 3 lunchtime concert was a live relay of Jean Efflam Bavouzet's enterprising recital from the Wigmore Hall, beginning with the D major Sonata (H XVI) and later including two Haydn homage pieces by Ravel and Debussy, both written for the 1909 Haydn centenary celebrations. These broadcasts are available on the BBC iPlayer, together with Mark Elder and the Halle with their evening concert including the brilliant Symphony No 48 (Maria Theresia).
I'm a bit surprised there's no Haydn in Roger Norrington's 75th birthday concert on Wednesday, and indeed Five Songs at 5.39 am in Through the Night are the only offering that day. Similarly the Little Organ Mass is the only item on Thursday - and that's at 6.42 am!
Friday is richer, with the Piano Sonata in G (Hob XVI 40) at Breakfast, and the B minor Sonata (Hob XVI 32) at lunchtime. Sandwiched between them is Symphony No 23 in G at 11.10 am in a recording by the Austro-Hungarian Orchestra and Adam Fisher.