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The City of Birmingham
Leader, Alfred Cave
Conducted by Felix Weingartner from the Town Hall, Birmingham
Academic Festival Overture.....Brahms
At the beginning of the year 1791 Haydn paid the first of two visits to London. He was received with immense enthusiasm. Invitations to banquets and dinners were showered upon him, his portrait was painted three times, and the famous Dr. Burney dedicated a poem to him. Finally, Haydn was given an honorary degree by Oxford University.
For this occasion Haydn went to
Oxford, where he attended three concerts, at which three of his symphonies were performed. He took a new symphony with him, but owing to lack of time for adequate rehearsal, the Symphony in G that had been written for Paris a couple of years previously was substituted-r-hence it is now known as the ' Oxford ' Symphony.
Felix Weingartner, one of the most distinguished of German conductors, was bom in 1863, studied at the Leipzig Conservatorium, and later under Liszt at Weimar. During his long career Weingartner has held some of the most important conducting posts, both opera and symphony, in Germany and Austria. As a frequent visiting conductor for over thirty years in England, America, and elsewhere, he is no less esteemed and admired. In addition, Weingartner has written about a dozen important literary works, and his musical compositions include several large-scale operas, five symphonies, and a Violin Concerto.


Conducted By: Felix Weingartner

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The BBC Midland Singers
Conductor, Edgar Morgan


Conductor: Edgar Morgan


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