Haydn Symphonies – Florilegium
Friday, 25 June at 6 pm & 8 pm
Florilegium 30th anniversary concert
Ashley Solomon director
Haydn’s first symphonies for his new employer, Prince Paul Anton Esterházy, form a group of three entitled ‘Morning’, ‘Noon’ and ‘Night’. Perhaps these were a result of the Prince’s suggestion that Haydn write something programmatic along the lines of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. As symphonies for a small chamber orchestra, all three exploit the solo skills of each of Florilegium’s principals, from flute to double bass – not to mention heroic horns – each vividly characterised in an almost operatic way. The 6pm performance will include ‘Morning’ and ‘Noon’ while the 8pm performance will include ‘Noon’ and ‘Night’ as well as a movement from the ‘Surprise’ Symphony.
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