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Video streamed event: Haydn Night No.16 «The Surprise» with Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico and Basel Chamber Orchestra

Haydn2032Recorded at Don Bosco Basel, Basel, Switzerland
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Wednesday 26 January 202219:30

Joseph Haydn, humour and music – none of these three is conceivable without the other two. To make a joke you need to know your audience, and better still to understand it! Haydn was capable of doing this as no one else could, and the audience to which he owed his greatest successes was the one that attended his London concerts. He offered it sudden timpani strokes, variations on the anthem ‘God save the King’, and a witty harpsichord solo played by himself. The sixteenth edition of our popular and internationally acclaimed concert series Haydn2032 will – as its title suggests – have its share of surprises in store. In January 2022, for the first time, the stage of Don Bosco in Basel will be occupied by two instrumental ensembles together, the Basel Chamber Orchestra and Il Giardino Armonico. The aim of the exercise is to reconstruct precisely the substantial orchestral lineup that was available for the performances of Haydn’s latest symphonies in the Hanover Square Rooms during the London seasons of 1792-1794. But things will really get going once the music starts, and you can expect more than just the famous drumstroke in Symphony no.94 or the jocular keyboard interlude in the finale of no.98. On this occasion Haydn’s omnipresent humour finds an echo in Rossini, a lifelong admirer of the Austrian composer.

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