Haydn Symphonies, Vol. 10: The Times of Day – Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini

July 26, 2021, 9:00 am

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The Haydn 2032 edition celebrates the release of the tenth volume in the complete recording of Haydn’s symphonies. Entitled “The Times of Day,” the program is devoted to Symphonies Nos. 6, 7, and 8, whose individual names translate as Morning, Noon, and Evening. Prince Paul Anton Esterházy, who commissioned the works, is said to have wanted to show his guests that his orchestra was of excellent quality and that his resident composer was highly inventive. Giovanni Antonini’s orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico, once again rises to the challenge. This triptych following the sun’s course is prolonged into the night by the work of another composer: Mozart’s Serenade in D major, nicknamed Serenata notturna, probably written for a masked ball at Salzburg Town Hall in February 1776.