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The New Archbishop

Donald Macleod focuses on Michael Haydn's life under Salzburg's new Archbishop, Count Hieronymus von Colloredo, perhaps best-known as a thorn in the side of Mozart.

Having a world famous composer for a brother isn't easy. Despite being hugely respected in his own lifetime and thought, especially in sacred music, to be at least the equal of Franz Joseph, Michael Haydn has not been kindly dealt with by history. A modest man, comfortable in his Salzburg surrounds, Michael Haydn's lack of ambition seems to have held him back, and his works are rarely heard today. This week Donald Macleod tries to redress the balance by exploring the life and work of a composer admired and respected by Mozart, and revered by Schubert.

In today's programme, Donald explores Michael Haydn's life under Salzburg's new Archbishop - Count Hieronymus von Colloredo, perhaps best known as a thorn in the side of Haydn's friend Mozart.

Michael Haydn: Missa In Honorem Sanctae Ursulae, MH 546 - Gloria
Carolyn Sampson, soprano
Hilary Summers, alto
James Gilchrist, tenor
Peter Harvey, bass
Choir of the King's Consort
The King's Consort
Robert King, conductor

Michael Haydn: Responsory for Good Friday , MH 277 - First Matin-Nocturn
Purcell Choir
Members of Orfeo Orchestra
Gyorgy Vashegyi, conductor

Michael Haydn: Symphony in B flat major, MH 425/652
Deutsche Kammeracademie Neuss
Frank Beermann, conductor

Michael Haydn: Missa Hispanica, MH 422 - Sanctus & Benedictus
Mária Zádori, soprano
Judit Németh, mezzo-soprano
Péter Drucker, tenor
István Kovács, bass
Debrecen Kodály Choir
Capella Savaria
Pál Németh, conductor

Producer: Sam Phillips.

1 hour

Music Played

  • Michael Haydn

    St. Ursula Mass

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Singer: Hilary Summers. Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Peter Harvey. Choir: King's Consort Choir. Conductor: Robert King.
    • Michael Haydn.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Michael Haydn

    Responsory for Good Friday - First matin-nocturn

    Choir: Purcell Choir. Orchestra: Orfeo Orchestra. Conductor: Gyorgy Vashegyi.
    • HUNGATRON: HCD32596.
    • 10.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony in B flat major

    Orchestra: Neuss Chamber Academy. Conductor: Frank Beermann.
    • CPO : 777-137-2.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Michael Haydn

    Sanctus and Benedictus from the Missa hispanica

    Singer: Mária Zádori. Singer: Judit Nemeth. Singer: Istvan Kovacs. Choir: Debrecen Kolcesy Chorus. Ensemble: Capella Savaria. Conductor: Pál Németh.
    • HUNGATRON: HCD31765.
    • 8.


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