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Donald Macleod focuses his attention on Haydn’s humanity; a man of exceptional character with a warm, generous personality and a great sense of humour.

Donald Macleod focuses his attention on Joseph Haydn’s humanity; a man of exceptional character with a warm, generous personality, and a great sense of humour.

Joseph Haydn’s prodigious creativty earned him the titles Father of the Symphony and Father of the String Quartet. However, he was also occupied with sacred music throughout his career. This week, as Donald Macleod follows Haydn’s journey from humble choirboy to Europe’s most celebrated composer, he shines the spotlight on music from Haydn’s many settings of the Mass. It's music that is as chock-full of invention and character as any of the instrumental forms he made his own.

A man with his roots firmly in the country, Haydn never allowed his fame to make him feel he was anything but ordinary. Despite working for the grandest noble family in Austria, and having his music performed all across Europe. Today, Donald looks at how Haydn’s fortune might have been very different, had he opted for a career in the Church.

Mass in B flat major ‘Harmoniemesse’: Kyrie and Gloria
Nancy Argenta, soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore, tenor
Stephen Varcoe, baritone
Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox, conductor

Symphony No 94 in G major ‘Surprise’: movt II Andante
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Mass in B flat major ‘Theresienmesse’: Kyrie and Gloria
Janice Watson, soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen, contralto
Mark Padmore, tenor
Stephen Varcoe, baritone
Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox, conductor

String Quartet in B minor Op 64 No 2
The Salomon Quartet
Simon Standage, violin
Micaela Comberti, violin
Trevor Jones, viola
Jennifer Ward Clarke, cello

Mass in B flat major ‘Harmoniemesse’: Sanctus and Benedictus
Nancy Argenta, soprano
Pamela Helen Stephen, mezzo-soprano
Mark Padmore, tenor
Stephen Varcoe, baritone
Collegium Musicum 90
Richard Hickox, conductor

Producer: Eleri Llian Rees for BBC Cymru Wales

59 minutes

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Mass in B flat major, Hob XXII: 14. Harmoniemesse (Kyrie, Gloria)

    Singer: Nancy Argenta. Singer: Pamela Helen Stephen. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Ensemble: Collegium Musicum. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos Records CHAN 0612.
    • Chandos Records.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 94 in G major (Surprise): ii. Andante

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Solti, Sir Georg.
    • Decca 475 551-2.
    • Decca 475 551-2.
    • 6.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Mass in B flat major, Hob XXII: 12 Theresienmesse (Kyrie, Gloria)

    Singer: Janice Watson. Singer: Pamela Helen Stephen. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90. Conductor: Richard Hichox.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in B minor Op 64 No 2

    Performer: The Salomon Quartet. Performer: Simon Standage. Performer: Micaela Comberti. Performer: Trevor Jones. Performer: Jennifer Ward Clarke.
    • Hyperion CDA67011.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Mass in B flat major, Hob XXII: 14 Harmoniemesse (Sanctus, Benedictus)

    Singer: Nancy Argenta. Singer: Pamela Helen Stephen. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos Records CHAN 0612.
    • Chandos Records.
    • 8.

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