HAYDN the London Symphonies Nos. 93 - 104

The performances of the AustroHungarian Haydn Orchestra conducted by Adam Fischer are still considered one of the best complete recordings, fully capturing Haydn's style: wit, charm, fire, balance and transparency. These were recorded in the famous Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria, where Haydn spent many years composing for the Count.  

Joseph Haydn, often referred to as ‘The Father of the Symphony’, has an enormous 109 of these works to his name. Within his vast oeuvre of symphonies is a group of 12, written between 1781 and 1795, which are known as the ‘London’ symphonies, composed during or for his two visits to the English capital.

Brimming with inspiration and character, the ‘London’ symphonies contain many of the legendary moments of Haydn’s works, including the drumroll opening of No.103, the ticking of the clock in the Andante of No.101, the jubilant sound of the triangle in the finale of the ‘Military’, and that arresting interjection of the timpani in the ‘Surprise’.

This collection brings together these wonderful works, each of which contributed to Haydn’s crafting of the symphonic form that would later be taken up by none other than his pupil and friend, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra was formed by Adam Fischer in 1987 with the express purpose of performing the works of the revered composer. The Orchestra is rather appropriately based in the Esterházy Palace - where Haydn was resident for much of his life - and has toured extensively throughout Europe, the USA and Asia, performing in events such as the Mozart Festival (New York) and the BBC Proms (London).

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