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Prom 62: Haydn, Shostakovich

Mariss Jansons and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra perform Haydn's Symphony No 100 (Military), and Shostakovich's popular Symphony No 10 at the 2009 Proms.

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.

Boulez: Notations
Karim Said (piano)

Boulez: Anthemes
Michael Barenboim (violin)

Boulez: Messagesquisse
Members of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra
Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

2 hours, 15 minutes