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Tue 27 Feb 2018

Royal Festival Hall, London

The Corridors of Power

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Mozart Arias from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Symphony No. 38
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Haydn Symphony No. 103 Drumroll

Ádám Fischer conductor
Stephanie d'Oustrac mezzo-soprano

What wins – love or duty?

Berenice is Queen of Palestine, set to marry the Roman Emperor Titus. But a change of political weather at home makes it impossible for the Emperor to marry a foreign queen. What wins out – love or duty?

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Wed 28 Feb 2018

The Anvil, Basingstoke

The Corridors of Power

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Mozart Arias from La clemenza di Tito
Mozart Symphony No. 38
Haydn Scena di Berenice
Haydn Symphony No. 103, Drumroll

Ádám Fischer conductor
Stephanie d'Oustrac mezzo-soprano

What wins – love or duty?

Berenice is Queen of Palestine, set to marry the Roman Emperor Titus. But a change of political weather at home makes it impossible for the Emperor to marry a foreign queen. What wins out – love or duty?

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Fri 11 May 2018

Wiltshire Music Centre, Bradford-on-Avon

Haydn’s Nelson Mass

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Haydn Nelson Mass
Haydn Symphony No 1
Haydn Symphony No 104

John Butt conductor
Charlotte Beament soprano
Ciara Hendrick mezzo-soprano
James Way tenor
Laurence Williams bass
Choir of Clare College (Alumni)

The so-named Nelson Mass is arguably Haydn’s greatest composition and the original title Missa in Angustiis (‘Mass for times of distress’) reflects the uncertain times of 1797 and the composer’s intense fear for the future of Austria.

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Sat 12 May 2018

Kings Place

Haydn: First and Last of a Great Genius

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Haydn Symphony no. 1
Haydn Symphony no. 104 London

Turning Points is the Kings Place series where you get to explore the hidden secrets of the great composers in history.

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Wed 4 Jul 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Schiff’s Surprise

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Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11
Haydn Symphony No. 94, Surprise
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

A game of Haydn seek.

Take a whirlwind tour of the music of Austrian master Joseph Haydn in the hands of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Sir András Schiff.

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Sun 8 Jul 2018

Cheltenham Town Hall

Schiff’s Surprise

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Haydn Piano Concerto No. 11
Haydn Symphony No. 94, Surprise
Haydn Harmoniemesse

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment

Take a whirlwind tour of the music of Austrian master Joseph Haydn in the hands of one of the world’s greatest musicians, Sir András Schiff, as part of Cheltenham Music Festival.

This concert rounds off our Visions, Illusions & Delusions season with a varied programme of music by Haydn, who as much as any other composer redefined what orchestral music came to be during the Enlightenment period.

‘I was interested in surprising the public with something new,’ Haydn said about his Symphony No. 94, now nicknamed the Surprise Symphony because of its breathless invention and numerous musical jokes.

It’s paired with Haydn’s Piano Concerto No.11, which is an opportunity to hear Schiff’s playing at its magical best.

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