Saturday 15 August 2015 7.00pm
Birth of the Symphony
at Esterházi Festivities
Sinfonia from Saul (1738)
Symphony No.4 in C major (1744)
Symphony No.1 in E flat major (1764)
Sinfonia from Cantata No.42 (1718)
Sinfonia a 4 in D major (c.1750)
Symphony No.49 in F minor "La passione" (1768)
Haydn Symphony No.49 - AAM / Hogwood
About this concert
Defining an eighteenth-century ‘symphony’ is nigh-on impossible, so diverse were the uses, structures and sizes of these works — from the sinfonias employed as introductions by JS Bach and Handel, to Haydn and Mozart’s self-contained classical symphonies.
But as well as paving the way for Beethoven and Mahler, this 50-year period of confusion and experimentation produced startlingly cutting-edge and dynamic music. Six composers, including the eight-year-old Mozart and the neglected Franz Richter, were at the centre of it all, and their symphonies course with the thrill of the new.