Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

“It is one of the grandest efforts of the art that we ever witnessed … it rouses and affects every emotion of the soul.” London’s Morning Chronicle wrote of the premiere of Haydn’s 99th Symphony in 1794. Haydn created this work for a spectacularly successful visit to London at the height of his international fame, and it is lyrical, grand-gestured and as fresh as the day it was first performed.
 
This delightful work opens a thrilling program conducted by one of Australia’s most popular musical personalities, Graham Abbott, who presents Keys to Music each week on ABC Classic FM. Haydn was a great admirer of Mozart, and with superb young Victorian soprano Jacqueline Porter, Graham and the MSO take you on a guided tour of great moments from Mozart operas—some of the greatest works written for the stage. They also explore another fascinating aspect of Haydn’s genius in his concert aria Scena di Berenice.