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The Father of the Symphony

Donald Macleod introduces the life and work of Joseph Haydn, a composer who was more famous in his lifetime than Mozart or Beethoven. Includes Symphony No 101 (Clock).

Donald Macleod introduces Joseph Haydn, a composer who was more famous in his lifetime than Mozart or Beethoven, and who has since become known as the first great master of the string quartet and the so-called 'father of the symphony'. Donald investigates many aspects of Haydn's turbulent personality, including commercial opportunism, double dealing, penny pinching and matrimonial misery. Each programme also features an important Haydn symphony, beginning today with the Symphony No. 101, 'Clock', the work of a great composer on top form, written for a rapturous reception in late 18th-century London.

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Mon 8 Nov 2010 22:00

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  • Joseph Haydn

    Allegro from 'London' Trio No. 3 in C (HobIV/3)

    Performer: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute) Performer: Isaac Stern (violin) Performer: Mstislav Rostropovich (cello)

    • Sony Classical SM2K89984.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Concerto for Cello and Orchestra No. 1 in C (HobVIIb/1)

    Performer: Christophe Coin (cello) Performer: The Academy of Ancient Music Performer: Christopher Hogwood (director)

    • L’Oiseau Lyre 414 614-2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 101, 'Clock' in D

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Eugen Jochum (conductor)

    • DG 437 201-2.

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