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London Chamber Orchestra

Venue: Cadogan Hall

Repertoire

Haydn
Cello Concerto No. 1
Haydn
Symphony No. 45 (Farewell)
Beethoven
Symphony No. 8

Performers

Trey Lee
cello
Christopher Warren-Green
conductor

Haydn famously claimed that he was so cut off by his long tenure at the Esterházy family’s estate in rural Hungary that he was ‘forced to become original’. The ‘Farewell’ Symphony was the composer’s subtle plea to his employer to let the orchestra return home to their families, and perhaps it was the sheer quality of the music that persuaded the Prince to release his orchestra. We find Haydn in far more upbeat mood in the First Cello Concerto.

Unlike Haydn, Beethoven never tied himself to a single patron. His Eighth Symphony is one of his most delightful works, one that the great writer and polemicist George Bernard Shaw dared to declare ‘better than the Seventh’.

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