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Composer of the Week

Johann Michael Haydn (1737-1806)

Episode 3: Haydn and Mozart

Duration: 1 hour

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Having a world famous composer for a brother isn't easy. Despite being hugely respected in his own lifetime and thought, especially in sacred music, to be at least the equal of Franz Joseph, Michael Haydn has not been kindly dealt with by history. A modest man, comfortable in his Salzburg surrounds, Michael Haydn's lack of ambition seems to have held him back, and his works are rarely heard today. This week Donald Macleod tries to redress the balance by exploring the life and work of a composer admired and respected by his contemporaries, and revered by Schubert.

In today's programme, Donald explores the relationship between Michael Haydn and Wolfgang and Leopold Mozart who worked alongside him at the Salzburg court.

Michael Haydn: Symphony in G major, MH 334
Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Harold Farberman, conductor

Michael Haydn: Incidental music to Voltaire's Zaire (Turkish Suite) - 4th movement
Deutsche Kammerorchester
Johann Goritzki, conductor

Michael Haydn: Missa Sancti Hieryonymi (Oboe Mass) - Agnus Dei & Dona Nobis Pacem
St Jacob's Chamber Choir
Ensemble Philidor
Ulf Soderberg, organ continuo
Gary Graden, conductor

Michael Haydn: Duo for Violin and Viola No. 1 in C Major, MH 355 ? 2nd movement
Rachel Podger, violin
Jane Rogers, viola

Michael Haydn: Requiem: Pro Defuncto Archiepiscopo Sigismundo - Introitus, Kyrie and Dies Irae
Johannette Zomer, soprano
Helena Rasker, alto
Markus Schafer, tenor
Klaus Mertens, bass
Choeur de Chambre Suisse
Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
Christian Zacharias, conductor

Producer: Sam Phillips. Show less

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