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Wed 4 Jul 2018

Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Schiff’s Surprise

Time: 7:00pm

Admission: £10–£60

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Venue telephone: 020 7960 4200

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

Sir András Schiff conductor/piano
Choir of the Age of Enlightenment
Charlotte Beament soprano
Helen Charlston alto
Nick Pritchard tenor
Dingle Yandell bass

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.

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.

Pre-concert talk

When we play Haydn, something magical happens. Join Kati Debretzeni (leader, violin), Annette Isserlis (viola) and Dan Bates (Co-Principal Oboe) for a discussion on how taking a historically-informed approach makes the music of this ‘King of Symphonies’ come alive.

6pm, Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer, free

Venue details

Nearest National Rail: Waterloo, Waterloo East and Charing Cross Nearest Underground: Waterloo and Embankment
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