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Donald Macleod turns his attention to the high regard Haydn enjoyed from his friends, colleagues and audiences. Also, the extraordinary story of how Haydn lost his head.

Donald Macleod turns his attention to the high regard Haydn enjoyed from his friends, colleagues and audiences. Also, the extraordinary story of how Haydn lost his head.

Joseph Haydn’s prodigious creativity 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.

Today, Donald draws a picture of Haydn’s immense popularity, not just as a comoposer but as a man. The affection in which he was held only grew as he entered old age.

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

Trumpet Concerto in E flat major: movt I Allegro
Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
English Chamber Orchestra
Raymond Leppard, conductor

Symphony No 104 in D major ‘London’: movt IV Finale: Spiritoso
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Die Schöpfung: Part 1 Nos 10-14
Ruth Ziesak, soprano
Herbert Lippert, tenor
René Pape, bass
Anton Scharinger, bass-baritone
Chicago Symphony Chorus
Margaret Hillis, chorus director
David Schrader, piano
John Sharp, cello
Joseph Guastafeste, double bass
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Sir Georg Solti, conductor

Mass in B flat major ‘Schöpfungsmesse’: Kyrie and Gloria
Susan Gritton, 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): Agnus Dei, Dona nobis pacem

    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.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Trumpet Concerto in E flat major Hob VIIe No 1 (1st movement)

    Performer: Wynton Marsalis. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • Sony Classical SK 57 497.
    • Sony Classical SK 57 497.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 104 in D major, Hob I:104 (London) (4th movement)

    Orchestra: New Philharmonic Orchestra London. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • Decca 475 551-2.
    • Decca 475 551-2.
    • 12.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Creation, Part II: Nos 10-14

    Performer: David Schrader. Performer: John Sharp. Performer: Joseph Guastafeste. Performer: Georg Solti. Singer: Ruth Ziesak. Singer: Herbert Lippert. Singer: René Pape. Singer: Anton Scharinger. Choir: Chicago Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Margaret Hillis. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • Decca 443 445-2.
    • Decca 443 445-2.
    • 10.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Mass in B flat major, Hob XXII:13 (Schöpfungsmesse): Kyrie, Gloria

    Singer: Susan Gritton. Singer: Pamela Helen Stephen. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Choir: Collegium Musicum 90 Chorus. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Chandos CHAN 0599 tracks.
    • Chandos CHAN 0599 tracks.
    • 1.

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