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Eszterhaza Fairyland

Donald Macleod describes a brawl between two of Haydn's star musicians, groundbreaking string quartets, a royal visit and Haydn's bidding his prince farewell.

All this week, Donald Macleod explores Haydn's time at the Hungarian palace of Eszterháza, the composer's primary base of operations for nearly a quarter of a century and the place where, he said, he 'was forced to become original'.

Today, an oboist loses an eye when a tavern brawl between two of Haydn's star musicians turns nasty; ground-breaking string quartets; Empress Maria Theresa pays a house-call; and when his musicians get stir-crazy, Haydn bids his prince Farewell.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Quartet in A major Op.20`6 for strings

    Ensemble: Mosaiques Quartet.
    • NAÏVE:E8802.
    • NAIVE.
    • 9.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no. 45 in F sharp minor H.1.45 (Farewell)

    Conductor: Roy Goodman. Orchestra: The Hanover Band.
    • Helios: CDH55118.
    • Helios.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    L' Infedelta delusa - burletta per musica in 2 acts H.28.5

    Performer: Lena Lootens. Performer: Christoph Prégardien. Performer: Marcus Schaeffer. Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken. Orchestra: La Petite Bande.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI: RD77099.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 3.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Divertimento (Feldpartita) no. 7 in G major for 2 oboes, 2 bassoons and 2 horns

    Ensemble: Ricercar Consort. Director: Philippe Pierlot.
    • RICERCAR: 206.
    • RICERCAR.
    • 1.

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