Three symphonies devoted to different time periods – times of day – are an interesting curiosity in Haydn's legacy. There are some mentions that there were supposed to be four works, but if “Night” was one of them, it has not survived and today the cycle consists of three: Morning, Noon and Evening, annotated in the scores with French titles. It was probably created around 1761, shortly after the great composer took up the post of the vice-band leader of the ensemble of Prince Pál Esterházy. These charming Rococo works are evidence of the intensive search for a new expression of the hitherto simple sinfonia of Baroque provenance and its transformation into a mature, classic symphony.
During his second visit to London in 1795, Haydn wrote the dramatic scene Berenice, che fai for Italian singer Brigida Banti, using the expressive text from Pietro Metasiasio’s Antigono. In the work, Berenice mourns the (alleged) suicidal death of her beloved Demetrio. The role of the emotion-torn Berenice will be sung by one of the most acclaimed singers, Olga Pasiecznik from Ukraine, who has been living in Poland for years. Pasiecznik is adored by audiences for many unforgettable opera and oratorial roles, as well as her wonderful song repertoire. The concert will be led by Gabriel Chmura.
Concerts of Polish Sinfonia Iuventus Orchestra are organised under Polish Music Information Centre POLMIC patronage.
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