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On demand: Haydn's Symphony no. 96

GSOplayRecorded at Gothenburg Concert Hall: Stora Salen, Gothenburg, Sweden

Symphony no. 96, “The Miracle” was one of the masterpieces composed when Haydn was in high fashion in London.

After many years serving the Prince of Esterházy, Haydn had a glorious freelance career in the English capital, where he composed and performed the finest symphonies of the day at Hanover Square Rooms. The Morning Chronicle reviewed no 96 on 12 March 1791: ”Is it not wonderful that to souls capable of being touched by music, Haydn should be an object of homage, and even of idolatry? For like our own Shakespeare, he moves and governs the passions at his will…”

Christian Zacharias conducts the Gothenburg Symphony in this beautiful piece.

The qualities that made Zacharias one of the world’s most acclaimed pianists have also led to his further recognition as a conductor, musical thinker, writer and artist. His music performances are characterized by a highly individual mix of privacy and deep insights. He also possesses unique skills as a poetic and charismatic communicator with engaging stage presence.
While Zacharias maintains an active career as an internationally renowned concert pianist with solo and concerto performances around the world, he also appears with the world’s leading conductors leading the most prominent orchestras, and many of his recordings have won international awards.

Recorded in November 2017.

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