Friday, 23 November 2018

My favourite Haydn symphony


This symphony is a delight from the stormy beginning all through to the unique, lyrical end.

If you don't know the story of how No. 45 in F-sharp minor got its nickname of the 'Farewell' Symphony - make sure you watch the second part of the final movement (from about 21 minutes).

And especially from 22:30 when the orchestra and conductor very amusingly re-enact (with a couple of twists, because there would not then have been a conductor) what happened during the first performance!