Haydn: An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

  • Release date: 2 February 2018
    LSO0808 | 822231180869

    SACD Hybrid | Jewel case
    Booklet notes in English, French and German
    SACD incl. 2.0 stereo | multi-channel 5.1
    Total playing time: 51m

    Producer: Andrew Cornall
    Engineering: Classic Sound Ltd
    Recorded live in DSD128fs at the Barbican Hall, 11-12 July 2017

  • Concert reviews

    'Performed with verve and attention to detail’.
    The Financial Times

    'Rattle and the LSO bring wit and humour to Haydn’s masterpiece’.
    The Guardian

    ‘Haydn would have surely approved of Simon Rattle’s repackaging of the symphonies'
    The Spectator

    ‘Rattle’s championing of one of the greatest, most-versatile, innovative and inexhaustible of composers is to be welcomed’.
    Classical Source


Sir Simon Rattle,
London Symphony Orchestra

This product is available for pre-order and will be released on Friday 2 February 2018.

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.

‘The idea is to make a musical journey through all that is quirky and extraordinary, humorous and profound in Haydn,’ the LSO’s Music Director explains. Sir Simon’s focus is on Haydn as innovator, showcasing his most forward-looking and outlandish works in 50 minutes of uninterrupted performance.

What results from Sir Simon’s pasticcio is a clear image of the composer he sees to best represent the ideals of the Enlightenment, his selection meticulously arranged to best demonstrate Haydn’s intelligence, wit and thoughtfulness.

Composer   Joseph Haydn
Conductor   Sir Simon Rattle
Performers   London Symphony Orchestra

Track list
1. I. Introduction: Representation of Chaos: Largo (From The Creation, Hob.XXI:2) 
2. II. The Earthquake: Presto e con tutta la forza (From The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Hob.XX:1)
3. IIIa. Sinfonia: Largo - Vivace assai (From L'isola disabitata, Hob.Ia:13)
4. IIIb. Sinfonia: Allegretto - Vivace (From L'isola disabitata, Hob.Ia:13)
5. IV. Largo (From Symphony No. 64 in A major, Hob.I:64)
6. V. Minuet & Trio (From Symphony No. 6 in D major, Hob.I:6)
7. VI. Finale: Presto (From Symphony No. 46 in B major, Hob.I:46)
8. VII. Finale: Prestissimo (From Symphony No. 60 in C major, Hob.I:60)
9. VIII. Introduction to Winter (Original version) (From The Seasons, Hob.XXI:3)
10. IXa. Finale: Presto (From Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, Hob.I:45)
11. IXb. Finale: Adagio (From Symphony No. 45 in F-sharp minor, Hob.I:45)
12. X. Music for Musical Clocks (From Flötenuhrstücke, Hob.XIX:1-32) 
13. XI. Finale: Allegro assai (From Symphony No. 90 in C major, Hob.I:90) 

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