There is perhaps nothing more rewarding than devoting yourself entirely to a symphonic work of Joseph Haydn and, in their own special way, this is exactly what Paavo Järvi and the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen have done. The combination of artistic construction and quirky moments of surprise render contemporary critics at a loss for the right words to express their enthusiasm. »The incomparable Haydn« as the ›Morning Chronicle‹ explains, had completely original ideas in each new symphony. The name of Symphony No. 94 ›Surprise‹ (added later), is self-explanatory. However, it is more difficult with the ›London‹ Symphony (No.94) – as indeed all twelve were written for the London-based impresario Johann Peter Salomon.
No. 99 has no title but could be named ›The Clarinets‹ as this is the first time Haydn used this instrument in a symphony. A world premiere completes the concert programme; the British composer Gerard McBurney arranged Eastern European folk songs dating from the time of the young Haydn and which, many years later, he incorporated into his last two symphonies.
Tickets: for subscription holders, from Wednesday 29.09, available for general purchase from Monday 4.10.