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Saturday, March 8, 2014 Permalink

The Haydn-Mozart Connection

Joseph Haydn & Wolfgang Mozart


The two composers knew each other, defended each other, and learned from each other in ways that shaped their musical output for much of their lives — despite a vast difference in age and temperament.

Perhaps it was the very differences between these two men of genius that drew them to each other. Whatever it was, they drew support and inspiration from one another in ways that profoundly affected their work.  If they had not met, neither would have been as productive, and their output far different.

In this hour, the story behind the deep friendship between Joseph Haydn and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and the great music it inspired.



Mozart: Haydn Quartets     Brilliant Classics 92629/11

Mozart: Violin Concertos 1-2-3     Brilliant Classics 92626/16

Haydn: Sonatas [Buchbinder]     Warner Classics 2564-63782-2

Mozart: Sonatas Vol. 16 [Uchida]     Philips 5177151

Haydn: Quartets op. 33     Astree E8570

Mozart: Don Giovanni [Solti]     BBC Legends RLOH 007

Haydn: Paris Symphonies     Nimbus NI 5419/20

Mozart: Symphony No. 41 “Jupiter”     Telarc CD-80139

Haydn: 12 London Symphonies     DGG 5461503

Haydn: The Creation      Archiv Produktion 00289 477 7361

Mozart: Requiem     Philips 420 197-2


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