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Haydn Symphony No. 93

Austrian star conductor Manfred Honeck conducts the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra in the first of fellow countryman Joseph Haydn’s twelve renowned London symphonies – perfect and classical music, in every sense.

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. This symphony 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 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.

  • The music

  • Joseph Haydn Symphony No. 93
  • Participants

  • Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Manfred Honeck conductor
  • Filmed in September 2017.
  • The video is approximately 22 minutes long.
  • Available until January 18, 2019

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