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On demand: Haydn's Symphony no. 93 in D major

KonserthusetPlayRecorded at Konserthuset Stockholm: Stora Salen, Stockholm, Sweden

When Joseph Haydn’s position with Furst Esterházy finally concluded, he was also able to accept other commissions. And the offer from Johann Peter Salomon, the German-born violinist and impresario with his own orchestra in London, to compose twelve symphonies was too good to turn down. Food, lodging and travel to London were compensated, and he also received a tidy sum in payment.

Haydn was inspired. The Symphony no. 93 in D major was composed in the early 1790s and at its world premiere in London, patron Solomon served as concertmaster, and Haydn himself, pursuant to the custom at the time, participated on the harpsichord. The audience praised the concert, as did the newspaper The Times: “The excellent movements inspired the musicians and audience members alike, all of whom were highly enthusiastic. New ideas, compelling whims and a sublime atmosphere showed Haydn’s greatness.”

Manfred Honeck is the music director for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and he also conducts many of the world’s most prestigious orchestras. He is a familiar name to many in Sweden after serving as chief conductor of the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra for years. Watch him lead the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in this excellent piece.

Filmed in September 2017. 

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