Conducted by Bernard Haitink, the Wiener Philharmoniker (Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra) plays Joseph Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 in D major (H. 1/104). Recorded during the BBC Proms 2012 in London. Bernard Haitink. It is Haydn’s last symphony, and the last of the twelve so-called London Symphonies, and is known (somewhat arbitrarily, given the existence of eleven others) as the London Symphony.

Haydn – Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink conductor
Royal Albert Hall, 7 September 2012

The work was composed in 1795 while Haydn was living in London, and premiered there at the King’s Theatre on 4 May 1795, in a concert featuring Haydn’s own compositions and directed by the composer. The premiere was a success; Haydn wrote in his diary “The whole company was thoroughly pleased and so was I. I made 4000 gulden on this evening: such a thing is possible only in England.”

The four movements are:

  1. Adagio – Allegro
  2. Andante
  3. Menuetto and Trio: Allegro
  4. Finale: Spiritoso

Sources

M. Özgür Nevres

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