Palace of the rising sun

It is somewhat fitting that some of the first music to appear from Haydn’s new surroundings at the Esterházy palace would begin in the morning ‘Le Matin’ with a glorious sunrise.

Only his 6th symphonic creation, this was just the beginning of a parenthood that would see him become the true father of the symphony, bringing forth 104 symphonies in total. As if being father to the symphony and the string quartet weren’t enough for ‘Papa’ Haydn, his vocal works are full of glorious treasures, brought to life here by soprano Sarah Traubel.

The English Concert
Peter Whelan
director/harpsichord
Sarah Traubel soprano

Earl of Kelly Overture Op1. No. 2
Haydn 'D'una sposo meschinella'
Haydn 'Se pietade avete oh numi'
Haydn 'Dica pure chi vuol dire'
Haydn Symphony No. 6  ‘Le Matin’
Mozart Symphony KV 81
Mozart ‘Nehmt meinen Dank, ihr holden Gönner’ KV383
Mozart ‘Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio’ KV418
Haydn Symphony No. 8 ‘Le Soir’

Season Highlights
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Wigmore Hall, London

Muffat moves his own chess pieces in his quest to unite the styles of France, Italy and Germany, while Bach offers one of his timeless masterpieces. Christian Curnyn returns to direct the orchestra with much-loved repertoire.The English ConcertChristian Curnyn director/harpsichordNadja Zwiener violinTuomo Suni violinHandel Concerto Grosso in D Op.6, No.5 HWV 323Purcell Suite from Dioclesian Z627Bach...

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Barbican, London

Uniting some of Handel’s greatest music with all-star casts, directed by Artistic Director Harry Bicket and with our virtuosic orchestra in full flight, it is an unmissable event. With Ariodante and Rinaldo in most recent seasons, now comes the turn of Semele; a tale of adultery and revenge amongst Gods.The English ConcertHarry Bicket director/harpsichordBrenda Rae SemeleElizabeth...

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Wigmore Hall, London

An accomplished musician and avid supporter of the arts, Grand Prince Ferdinando of Tuscany stood as one of the last in the Medici dynasty. Attracting the very best musicians, painters, sculptors and artists from across Europe, he turned Florence into a centre of excellence. Amongst the many musicians Ferdinando commissioned and invited to Florence were Alessandro Scarlatti, Legrenzi, Handel and the...

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Garsington Opera

This atmospheric choral masterpiece was the composer's first sacred work and one of the most ambitious and extensive to be composed before Bach. Written three years before becoming maestro di cappella at St Mark's in Venice, its brilliant display of style, rich choruses and moving arias showcase Monteverdi's genius as the 'Father of opera.'The English ConcertThe English Cornett & Sackbutt EnsembleGarsington...

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