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