Franz Josef Haydn (a.k.a. simply Josef Haydn) died in Vienna 200 years ago yesterday - on May 31, 1809 - leaving behind hundreds of symphonies, string quartets and other expertly crafted, high-spirited pieces. In honor of one of classical music's most prolific and influential composers, today we hear mostly Haydn.
- Haydn: Symphony No. 88. Berlin Phil, Rattle. EMI 94237.
- Haydn: Piano Trio in F major. Trio 1790. CPO 777 243.
- Haydn: Piano Concerto in F major. Sebastian Knauer, Cologne Chamber Orch, Muller-Bruhl. Naxos 8.570485.
- Haydn: Saint Cecilia Mass: Kyrie; Sanctus & Benedictus. Chorus & Orch of the Gulbenkian Foundation, Corboz. Virgin 266356.
- Strauss: Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat. Gerd Seifert, Berlin Phil, Mehta. Sony 45800.
- Haydn: String Quartet in D major, Op. 64/5. Buchberger Quartet. Brilliant 93863.
- Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusina, Overture. London Sym, Abbado. DG 423 104.
- Haydn: Piano Sonata No. 62 in E-flat. Malcolm Bilson. Bridge 9263.
- Hadley: The Ocean. National Sym Orch of Ukraine, Williams. Naxos 8.559064.