Haydn: Introducing Haydn Symphony No.94 (Berliner Philharmoniker/ Mariss Jansons/ Robert Levin) (EuroArts DVD: 2056058)
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A new way of experiencing and enjoying the great works of music from the Baroque to the Modern Period - thanks to a new educational series of audio-visual concert guides, Introducing Masterpieces of Classical Music. Each release includes extensive documentation and a complete performance of the work or works in question. Famous masterpieces from the standard repertoire of the greatest international orchestras are brought closer to the viewer through first class concert broadcasts (Berliner Philharmoniker, Wiener Philharmoniker, Gewandhaus Orchester...) in a timely visual style. The Surprise Symphony is the best known of the over 100 symphonies by Haydn. Its second movement is the most popular and gave the symphony its name: legend has it that the sudden beat of the timpani was meant to rouse members of the audience who had fallen asleep. With a lot of humor, Robert Levin tells the story of the legendary"surprise" and shows, on piano, the special characteristics of the composition.
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