Freiburg Baroque Orchestra: Haydn+

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Joseph Haydn: Overture to Armida, Symphony No. 101 in D major
Johann Nepomuk Hummel: Piano Concerto No. 2 in A minor

Dmitry Ablogin, fortepiano
Freiburger Barockorchester
Gottfried von der Goltz, violin & conductor

With his wit, genius and life experience, Joseph Haydn was a model for
numerous composers of the 18th and 19th centuries, including Johann Nepomuk
Hummel. Hummel had an illustrious list of teachers and mentors: he received piano lessons from Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at
and was trained as a composer by Antonio Salieri at
. It was Haydn himself who brought him as his successor to the court chapel
of Esterházy, where he worked for seven years. As a close friend of Beethoven, he also participated in
numerous premieres of his works.
Until almost the end of his life, Hummel was considered the most important piano virtuoso of his time
and he composed numerous works for his instrument, including seven piano concertos, whose
virtuosity and wealth of ideas still astonish today.
It is the originality that Hummel associates with his model Haydn that is particularly evident in Haydn's
Symphony No. 101 The Clock. After the premiere on March 3,
1794 in London, the daily newspaper The Morning Chronicle published an enthusiastic
eulogy of Haydn.
He had already achieved a similar success ten years earlier when his opera Armida celebrated its
premiere. No opera by Haydn was performed more often during his lifetime than Armida
and is today considered his best opera because of its rich variety.

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