Homage to Haydn!
Like most composers of the Romantic period, the great Johannes Brahms was
aware of his debt to the work of his predecessors, including Josef
Haydn. In this concert, HCO explore the connection between the
The concert opens with the Variations on the St Anthony Chorale by Brahms,
which is based on a tune which Brahms believed was by Josef Haydn.
Researchers have since concluded that Haydn was most likely not the composer of
the tune and its origin remains a musical mystery!
Haydn himself created his Symphony No. 60 from music he wrote for a play
entitled “The Distracted”. It has six short movements and
includes a moment where the violins are supposed to have been
“distracted”! Let’s hope MD Robin Browning can keep us
The second half of the concert demonstrates Brahms’ development into
full-blown Romanticism with his huge Piano Concerto No. 1. The soloist
will be young Hungarian pianist Daniel Lebhardt. Still only 27, Daniel
has played recitals worldwide and is definitely a name to watch!