Simon Rattle, London Symphony Orchestra – Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (2018)
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Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to a composer he holds close to his heart with An Imaginary Orchestral Journey through the music of Joseph Haydn. Rattle trawls through the great composer’s impressive catalogue, piecing together excerpts from symphonies, oratorios and operas spanning a 40-year period in what the director describes as ‘a kind of greatest hits’ format.
Joseph Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey (compiled by Sir Simon Rattle).
“The idea is to make a musical journey through all that is quirky and extraordinary, humorous and profound in Haydn. Hopefully this pasticcio will give a picture of the composer who most summed up all the ideals of the Enlightenment, of intelligence, respect, humour, wit and profound thought”. – Sir Simon Rattle
This sequence was devised by Sir Simon Rattle for a concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. He describes it as a celebration of Haydn as innovator: “I thought how wonderful it would be if all the most outlandish and particularly the most forward-looking pieces of his were all put together like a kind of “Greatest Hits”.
Two of the excerpts are from the large-scale oratorios in German with which Haydn crowned his long career during his last years in Vienna. Two more come from a unique sacred orchestral work and an unusual opera. The rest are from symphonies, mostly written for the tiny court orchestra of the Esterhazy family at the family’s palace in Eisenstadt and its summer palace of Eszterhaza on the remote Hungarian marshes – where, as Haydn famously said, “there was no one near to confuse me, so I was forced to become original”.
01 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: I. Introduction. Representation of Chaos. Largo (From The Creation, Hob.XXI.2)
02 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: II. The Earthquake. Presto e con tutta la forza (From The Seven Lost Worlds of our Saviour on the Cross, Hob.XX:1)
03 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: IIIa. Sinfonia. Largo – Vivace assai (From L’isola disabitata, Hob.Ia.13)
04 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: IIIb. Sinfonia. Allegretto – Vivace (From L’isola disabitata, Hob.Ia.13)
05 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: IV. Largo (From Symphony No. 64 in A Major, Hob.I.64)
06 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: V. Minuet & Trio (From Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Hob.I.6)
07 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: VI. Finale. Presto (From Symphony No. 46 in B Major, Hob.I.46)
08 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: VII. Finale. Prestissimo (From Symphony No. 60 in C Major, Hob.I.60)
09 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: VIII. Introduction to Winter (Original version) (From The Seasons, Hob.XXI.3)
10 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: IXa. Finale. Presto (From Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp Minor, Hob.I.45)
11 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: IXb. Finale. Adagio (From Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp Minor, Hob.I.45)
12 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: X. Music for Musical Clocks (From Flötenuhrstücke, Hob.XIX.1-32)
13 – An Imaginary Orchestral Journey: XI. Finale. Allegro assai (From Symphony No. 90 in C Major, Hob.I.90)
Produced by Andrew Cornall. Engineered by Jonathan Stokes & Neil Hutchinson.
Recorded live in DSD on July 11 & 12, 2017 at the Barbican, London.