Presented by Ian Skelly.
In a concert given at the 2009 Proms, Mariss Jansons and his Dutch orchestra perform Haydn's Military Symphony, composed on a visit to London in 1794-5, at a time when England and Holland were allied with Austria against Republican France. According to an early review, the slow movement - graphically portraying 'the hellish roar of war increase to a climax of horrid sublimity' - was greeted with repeated cries of 'Encore! in which the Ladies themselves could not forbear to join'.
Shostakovich's Tenth - one of the composer's most popular symphonies, and a favourite of Jansons and the orchestra - intertwines the composer's personal motto theme with that of a student with whom he was infatuated.
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
Haydn: Symphony No 100 in G (Military)
Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 in E minor
Followed by music from Proms Plus: Daniel Barenboim introduces and conducts a performance by members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Karim Said (piano)
Michael Barenboim (violin)
Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)