Live from the Royal Albert Hall, London
Presented by Martin Handley
In their second Prom, Bernard Haitink and the Vienna Philharmonic perform symphonies by Haydn and Richard Strauss - two composers with whom both he and the orchestra have an unrivalled affinity.
Whilst Haydn's last symphony, written while he was living in London, was an instant critical and commercial success, Strauss's work was initially less enthusiastically received until dedicated interpreters such as Haitink took it up. In this highly programmatic symphony, Strauss mingles childhood memories of schoolboy mountaineering with a deeper, philosophical exploration of the meaning of humanity's place on earth.
Haydn: Symphony No. 104, 'London'.