Passionate Vienna

‘Sturm und Drang’ among Haydn’s quartett companions

Concert period: Sept/Oct 2013 or Feb/Mar 2014

Soloist: Riko Fukuda, fortepiano

flyer-wenenIn the by now well known series of Eik en Linde ‘The European Haydn’, we’ll take you to Vienna in the years 1784, where illustrious quartett mates tried out their new string quartetts. Second violinist of Haydn’s own string quartett was Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf. We play his bubbling ouverture of the comical opera “Doktor und Apotheker”. Haydn admired the works of Vanhal (violoncellist) and played his works often for lord Esterhazy, one of which was the elegant symphony in G, which we will play in this program. Wolfgang Amadé Mozart, the youngest and the viola player in the quartett had just written a new piano concerto. Fortepianiste Riko Fukuda is soloist in this beauutiful concerto in E flat, KV 449. The programm will be finished off with a symphony by the oldest of the company and primarius of the string quartett, Joseph Haydn himself. Heroic and turbulent is this music, real ‘Sturm und Drang’, but not sad: the title ‘Trauersinfonie’ was only added when Haydns word slipped out, that he wished the slow movement would be played at his funeral…

  • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf (1739-1799) Ouverture ‘Doktor und Apotheker’ (1786)
  • Johann Baptist Vanhal (1739-1813) Symphony in G major (1775)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791) Concerto for fortepiano and orchestra in E flat major, KV 449 (1784))
  • Joseph Haydn (1732-1809) Symphony in e minor (Hoboken 1/44) “Trauersinfonie” (1772)