Over the course of one day, The Australian Haydn Ensemble perform Haydn's Morning, Noon and Night Symphonies
Haydn's Solar Poetics: Morning, Noon & Night details
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Haydn's Solar Poetics: Morning, Noon & Night description
The top minds of Europe were abuzz in 1761. Venus was transiting the sun for the first time since science had twigged that it could pinpoint our place in the solar system. Meanwhile, the most enlightened of Austria’s ruling families needed a composer to provide what we’d call content for their pre-eminent orchestra. It was a dream gig in some respects: yes, you had to wear servants’ livery but you got to live in a palace. Your bosses were no fools though - they could spot hackery a mile off - and even scarier were the musos' demands.
The 29-year-old Joseph Haydn was not only up for it, he kept the job for over 30 years, producing music of astonishing quality and quantity. The so-called Morning, Noon and Night symphonies were the first of some 80 that were written for the Esterházy band. They are utterly delightful and quirky (flattering even the double bass player with solo passages), and contain cryptic allusions to the astronomical excitement of the time. Our world-renowned Australian Haydn Ensemble, directed from the keyboard by Erin Helyard, will present them in three concerts, appropriately spread across a single day.
They’ll also offer a glimpse of what else was going on in that eventful year: Bach’s eldest son C.P.E. was writing jaw-droppingly audacious symphonies, while in Salzburg a five-year-old wunderkind was jotting down his first piano pieces. You will be struck by the fascinating lineage between three generations of musical genius.
All too rarely heard Haydn keyboard concertos and works by the teenaged Mozart make these programs a delicious brunch, lunch and dinner degustation. No reheated stodge here. Served with verve, fresh from the minds of the masters.
PROGRAM 1: Morning, 10am
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in e minor Wq.177 Mozart: Keyboard piece: Keyboard Piece K.1 Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in G Major Hob.XVIII:4 Haydn: Symphony in D Major Hob.I:6 Le Matin
PROGRAM 2: Noon, 12:30pm
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in F Major Wq.181 Mozart: Keyboard pieces: Keyboard Piece K.2-5 Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in F Major Hob.XVIII:3 Haydn: Symphony in C Major Hob.I:7 Le Midi
PROGRAM 3: Night, 5pm
C.P.E. Bach: Sinfonia in C Major Wq.182/3 Mozart: Divertimento in F Major K.138 Haydn: Symphony in G Major Hob.I:8Le Soir Haydn: Keyboard Concerto in D Major Hob.XVIII:11
Event additional information
Australian Haydn Ensemble
Erin Helyard, guest director & soloist (harpsichord)
SkyeMcIntosh, AHE Artistic Director, lead violin & soloist
Image Helen White
Australian Haydn Ensemble is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW.
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About the Australian Haydn Ensemble
The Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE), under the direction of Artistic Director Skye McIntosh, is one of Australia’s leading historically informed orchestras and chamber music groups. The ensemble brings together world-class musicians who excel in both modern and period instrument performance and are highly committed to both historical research and performance. Their repertoire is principally music of the early classical era and the late baroque. The Ensemble's name pays tribute to the great 'Papa Haydn' who was a central figure of the late Eighteenth Century.
Formed in 2012, the group has burst onto the Australian Music Scene with passion and energy. They have performed all over Australia and in the USA and have enjoyed many invitations to Australian Festivals such as the Melbourne Festival (2016), Festival By the Sea (QLD 2016), the Tyalgum Festival (2018), the Mornington Peninsula Festival (2019), Organs of the Ballarat Goldfield’s Festival (2019) Canowindra Festivals.
AHE has built a reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that would have been familiar to Haydn and his contemporaries.
They have received critical acclaim for their debut ABC Classics recording, The Haydn Album, which premiered at No. 1 on the Australian Classical Aria Charts. According to Gramophone, "this is a polished, style-conscious ensemble." AHE has collaborated with many leading international and Australian historical specialist performers including Midori Seiler (GER), Melvyn Tan (UK), Marc Destrubé (CAN), Catherine MackIntosh (UK), Charles Neidich (USA), Stefanie True (CAN), Erin Helyard (Australia), Neal Peres Da Costa (Australia), Sara Macliver (Australia), Helen Sherman (UK) and David Greco (Australia).
Their most recent CD release was made in collaboration with leading historical keyboardist Neal Peres Da Costa. Titled Beethoven Piano Concertos No 1 & 3, it has been applauded by leading historical expert Clive Brown who said: "this recording by the Australian Haydn Ensemble marks a new and exciting development in period-instrument performance of Beethoven’s music. It offers a highly persuasive combination of impressive musicianship and convincing historical research."
About Erin Helyard Erin Helyard has been acclaimed as an inspiring conductor, a virtuosic and expressive performer of the harpsichord and fortepiano, and as a lucid scholar who is passionate about promoting discourse between musicology and performance. As Artistic Director and co-founder of the celebrated Pinchgut Opera and the Orchestra of the Antipodes (Sydney) he has forged new standards of excellence in historically-informed performance in Australia. He has received two Helpmann Awards for Best Musical Direction (2017, 2019) and an ARIA for Best Classical Album (2020). Erin is a Senior Lecturer at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and appears courtesy of Pinchgut Opera.