Running time:
2 parts by 60 minutes


Symphony №6 in D Major, “Morning”, Hob. I:6
Adagio – Allegro
Adagio – Andante – Adagio
Minuet – Trio
Finale. Allegro
Symphony №39 in G Minor, “Tempesta di mare”, Hob. I:39
Allegro assai
Finale. Allegro molto
Introduction and Finale of “The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross”, Hob. XX:1a

Symphony №101 in D Major, “Clocks”, Hob. I:101
Adagio – Presto
Minuet – Trio. Allegretto
Finale. Vivace
The programme is subject to change
18 October 2021 Monday 19.00 Chamber hall
19.00 Chamber hall

“Haydn: A Life, In His Own Words”
Narrator Yevgeny Redko
Bolshoi Theatre Chamber Orchestra

Conductor – Mikhail Tsinman
Of the three great Viennese classics, Joseph Haydn is the leader in terms of the number of symphonies. From 1759 to 1795, 104 symphonies were written by him. The highest standards was set by him for himself from the very beginning; thus his oeuvres are literally classical, the term originally meant “exemplary”, “model”. This classics is not museumesque, though, just the opposite: today you can read his music as an interesting topical book, and can’t help savouring witty dialogues, unexpected turn of events, and immaculate style.

Due to its musical peculiarities, some symphonies got monikers: “The Hen”, “The Clock”, “Farewell”, “Military”, “Drumroll”.

The composer, though, has named only three: “Le matin” (1761, “Morning”), “Le midi” (1761, “Midday”), “Le soir (1761 “Evening”), 6th, 7th, and 8th, respectively. The Sixth can be a surprise for its unusual cast of orchestra, which is rather small at first sight, we should bear in mind, though, that the classical cast had not yet been set firmly, when the symphony was being written. The name “Morning” is inspired by the beginning of the symphony that starts with a slow movement that reminds sunrise.

Symphony No. 39 in G minor, aka “Tempesta di mare” (“Tempest at the Sea”) is one of the few Haydn’s symphonies written in a minor key. The orchestra set here is a bit different from that of the Sixth’s: strings with their expressive timber lead. The frenetic Sturm und Drang finale – akin Vivaldi’s “Storm” – brings the symphony to an energetic conclusion.