Joseph Haydn

"Since Haydn, a symphony is no longer a mere source of fun, but rather a matter of life or death," said Johannes Brahms paying homage to the musical accomplishments of Franz Joseph Haydn, who created trail-blazing works in almost every genre. ...  more

Symphony No. 50 in C major, Hob. I:50

Franz Schubert

With the compositions of Franz Schubert, a new sound entered music history: a cantabile tenderness, which, time and again, completely unexpectedly shifts into an evocation of dark depression and fateful, inescapable catastrophe. These abrupt mood...  more

Symphony No. 3 in D major D. 200

"I have come to this world for nothing other than to compose!" With this confession on his lips, the young Schubert must have found it humiliating to have had to work as an assistant teacher in the grey, stifling atmosphere of a school on the...

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Intermission

Antonín Dvořák

Born on September 19th 1841 in today´s Czech Republic, Antonín Dvořák was regarded by his contemporaries as a kind of composing "nature boy" - inspired, unacademic and drawing directly from the sources of Czech and Slavic folklore, he ranks along...  more

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Opus 70

Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony in D minor was written on commission from the London Philharmonic Socity, which the composer received in the summer of 1884. As was the case with his compatriot Smetana, people in England were very much interested in the...

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Pablo Heras-Casado, conductor

Pablo Heras-Casado has been described by the New York Times as "the thinking person’s idea of a hotshot young conductor", although his character is better reflected in the quality of the long-term relationships he has developed with orchestras...  more