This five-part series takes a look at some of the more unusual aspects of Haydn’s life, work and reputation. His approach to working with unusual instruments – including a hybrid of the hurdy-gurdy and chamber organ called the lira organizzata; his famous musical wit; and the theft of his skull by grave robbers in search of the secret of his genius all come under the spotlight.
Performance on 3
Wednesday 8 July, 7pm
Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons – the composer’s last important work – depicts rural life throughout the year. It touches on the labours, lovemaking, hardships and celebrations of an unspecified community of peasants, who are given rousing choral passages, including a celebration of wine and a hunting chorus. In this performance from the City Halls, Glasgow, Olari Elts conducts the Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Presented by Ian Skelly.
Thursday 9 July, 1pm
In this concert from the 2009 City of London Festival, the Danish duo of Andreas Brantelid (cello) and Katrine Gislinge (piano) give a performance from the city church of St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. Schumann’s Adagio and Allegro opens the programme, followed by the UK premiere of Stefan Lindgren’s Scherzo. Chopin’s only Cello Sonata rounds off the concert.
Friday 10 July, 8pm; Saturday 11 July, 2.55am
Dramatised documentary presenting the legendary maestro Arturo Toscanini as never seen before. Based on tapes that were secretly recorded by Toscanini’s son Walter, the conductor speaks his mind and heart about the music, the politics and the amorous exploits that made him one of the most fascinating and important artists of the 20th century. Barry Jackson plays the part of Arturo Toscanini, with Joseph Long as his son.
32 Short Films about Glenn Gould
Thursday 9 July, 11pm
In this dramatised documentary about the maverick Canadian pianist Glenn Gould, 32 short films – mirroring the 32-part structure of Bach’s Goldberg Variations, the recording that made Gould famous – give insights into different aspects of Gould’s life and career. Actor Colm Feore stars as Glenn Gould.