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mon 13 jun 2022 12:00 

The bumpy relationship between Beethoven and Haydn

Brigida Banti

London, 1795. Haydn is celebrated at the premiere of his ‘Drumroll’ Symphony. At that very same concert, the improbably popular Italian diva Brigida Banti was also to sing, but she has fallen ill. Two months later she is well again and sings a dramatic concert aria that Haydn wrote especially for her. Many consider it to be his best aria. Beethoven agreed and composed something similar a year later.

 

Joseph Haydn: Symphony in E-flat major no. 103 ‘Drumroll’

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra

Colin Davis

 

Joseph Haydn: Scena di Berenice H XXIVa:10

Bernarda Fink, mezzo

Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

René Jacobs

 

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concert aria ‘Ah!perfido’ op. 65

Susan Gritton, soprano

London Chamber Orchestra

Christopher Warren-Green

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