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Donald Macleod discusses Haydn's receiving commissions from Naples, Paris and London.

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, as Haydn begins to outgrow Eszterháza, his international reputation starts to generate commissions: from Naples, where King Ferdinand's passion for a curious musical instrument resulted in a series of works for the lira organizzata (a sort of hurdy-gurdy on stilts); from Paris, where a request for six new symphonies for the exclusive (and masonically connected) series known as the Concert de Loge Olympique led to what we now know as the 'Paris' symphonies; and from London, ushering in the final and most glorious chapter in the composer's career.

1 hour

Last on

Fri 23 Jan 2015 18:30

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Notturno no. 2 in F major H.2.26

    Director: Christophe Coin. Ensemble: Limoges Baroque Ensemble.
    • LABORIE: LC07.
    • LABORIE.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no. 85 in B flat major H.1.85 (La Reine)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken.
    • VIRGIN : VBD 5-61659 2.
    • Virgin.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    In felice sventurata, Hob XXIVb:15 [1789]

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Singer: Edith Mathis. Conductor: Armin Jordan.
    • PHILIPS: 473 851-2.
    • 7.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C major H.17.4 for piano

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • WARNER : 2564-69967-4.
    • WARNER.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Quartet in B minor Op.64`2 for strings

    Ensemble: Angeles String Quartet.
    • PHILIPS : 464-650-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 5.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trachten will ich nicht auf Erden H.26a.39 for voice and piano

    Performer: Walter Obertz. Singer: Arleen Augér.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS: 0032172BC.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS.
    • 6.

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