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The Shakespeare of Music

Donald discusses how Haydn was tempted to London by the impresario Johann Peter Salomon and became a sought-after celebrity. With Keyboard Trio No 24 (Gypsy Trio).

Haydn is tempted to London by the impresario Johann Peter Salomon and becomes a sought-after celebrity, composing a dozen symphonies which contain some of his finest music. The English capital was much more important in building the composer's fame and legacy than his home of Vienna, as Donald Macleod discovers.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Finale: Vivace from 'London' Trio No. 1 in C (HobIV/1)

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

    • Sony Classical SM2K89984.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Kyrie from Mass No. 11 in D minor, 'Nelson Mass' (HobXXII/11)

    Performer: Donna Brown (soprano) Performer: Monteverdi Choir Performer: English Baroque Soloists Performer: John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • Philips 470 286-2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Keyboard Trio No. 25, 'Gypsy Trio' (HobXV/25) in G

    Performer: Vienna Piano Trio Performer: (Wolfgang Redik, violin; Marcus Trefny, cello; Stefan Mendl, piano)

    • Nimbus NI 5535.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 104, 'London' in D

    Performer: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Performer: Colin Davis (conductor)

    • Philip432286-2.

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