Sunday 9 February
Australian Haydn Ensemble
Emperors & Armies
We have the emperors and kings of the eighteenth century to thank for much of our cherished music from Haydn’s time. Our opening 2020 concert features two monumental string quartets by Haydn and Mozart dedicated to an emperor and a king, framed by two works for flute quintet inspired by the soldiers and armies they commanded. Boccherini's playful flute quintet Las Parejas (The Couples) opens our season. The title refers to a Spanish horse race in which two horsemen ride hand in hand. Boccherini infuses the quintet with a military flavour, reminiscent of his famous work Night Streets of Madrid. Haydn’s String Quartet Op. 76 No. 3 (The Emperor), one of his most famous, takes its nickname from the beautiful second movement set of variations based on the theme of ‘Gott erhalte Franz den Kaiser’ (God Save Emperor Francis), an anthem Haydn wrote for Emperor Francis II. Along with this, the Ensemble performs Mozart’s string quartet The First Prussian dedicated to the King of Prussia, Friedrich Wilhelm II, an amateur cellist. AHE also presents Salomon’s compelling chamber arrangement of Haydn’s Symphony No. 100 nicknamed The Military. Over the past seven years, the Ensemble has explored many of the chamber versions of Haydn’s London Symphonies arranged by his dear friend Salomon and we are excited to bring this one to our audiences in 2020.
Flute Quintet in D major Op. 19 No. 5
String Quartet No. 62 in C major Op. 76 No. 3 (Emperor/Kaiser)
String Quartet No. 21 in D major
(First Prussian/The Violet) K. 575
Symphony No. 100 in G major (The Military)
“..a jewel in the national period instrument crown” Limelight Magazine 2017 "Ravishing Sound... " SMH ★★★★★ "balance, clear-sightedness and optimism"SMH “..a young and engaged group” SHM 2013 “natural phrasing refreshingly free of the mannerism that original instrument groups are sometimes prone to” SMH 2013 “Textural clarity and sectional interplay illuminated their inventiveness while lilting rhythms and emphatic staccatos enlivened the finales.” The Australian 2013 The Australian Haydn Ensemble (AHE) was formed in late 2011 and launched its first subscription season in 2012. AHE has rapidly claimed a place among Australia’s finest orchestras and chamber music groups. The ensemble specialises in the music of the classical era, performing on historical instruments under the leadership of Artistic Director, Skye McIntosh. Formed from a group of dedicated musicians with national and international experience, AHE has built a reputation for its vivacious performances, which are faithful to the sound-worlds that would have been familiar to Haydn and his contemporaries.