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Bernstein: Haydn Symphonies

"Bernstein, of all conductors, possessed precisely the qualities which Haydn’s music requires: grace, charm and a generous measure of wit.”

  • Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies | Copyright: © C Major Entertainment

    Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies © C Major Entertainment

  • Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies | Copyright: © UNITEL

    Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies © UNITEL

  • Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies | Copyright: © UNITEL

    Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies © UNITEL

Haydn is generally seen as one of the main originators of the “Viennese sound”, the inimitable style of playing which is still very much alive today and is particularly cultivated by the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. This orchestra has Haydn’s music in its blood, and its interpretation of his symphonies demonstrates a supreme confidence, musical sophistication and lightness of touch.

As a notable American music critic remarked following a performance of the Oxford Symphony conducted by Leonard Bernstein: “Let’s have no further argument: the Vienna Philharmonic is the world’s greatest orchestra. Bernstein’s interpretations of the symphonies have consistently met with unreserved critical acclaim. He, of all conductors, possessed precisely the qualities which Haydn’s music requires: grace, charm and a generous measure of wit.”

Symphony No. 94, G major, “Surprise · Mit dem Paukenschlag”
Symphony No. 92, G major, “Oxford”
Symphony No. 88, G major, op 56
Sinfonia Concertante, B-flat major

English title Leonard Bernstein: Joseph Haydn Symphonies
Genre Concert
Recording location Großer Musikvereinssaal Vienna, 1984/1985
Duration 111 mins
Production Company A production of UNITEL in cooperation with VIDEO MUSIC PRODUCTIONS, INC.
Composer Joseph Haydn
Orchestra / Band Wiener Philharmoniker
Conductor Leonard Bernstein

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