At aged 19, Mendelssohn had seen the ocean only once, but the young composer was able to use sound to vividly depict the heroic voyage of a ship across the high seas. The serene, almost eerily still waters of the opening are disturbed by flag-fluttering flutes, as the winds pick up and the ship begins its journey. Rippling waters and crashing waves give way to triumphant drums and trumpet, announcing a safe return back to dry land.
After the death of his lifelong employer, Prince Esterházy of Austria, Haydn’s new-found freedom took him on a slightly different kind of grand voyage, to London. The London symphonies were Haydn’s playground for creative exploration and adventure, and Symphony No.99 is one of the most plucky and daring.
Our annual collaboration with musicians of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields – world leaders in performing unconducted – culminates in them joining us on our intrepid voyage.
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This concert will be one hour long (with no interval).