Concerto Summer Evenings No 3

Haydn: ‘Miracle’ Symphony No. 96 in D major

Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon in E-flat major, K. 297b
Béla Horváth oboe, Csaba Klenyán clarinet, Bálint Mohai bassoon, Bálint Tóth horn

Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F major, op. 93

Conductor: János Kovács

According to tradition, the name ‘Miracle’ was appended to Haydn’s symphony No. 96 (D major) by a grateful audience who survived unscathed a near-catastrophic accident at the London premiere of the work when a huge chandelier dropped from the ceiling. Although the credibility of the story and the identification of the symphony are questionable, the characterization is very much in keeping with the piece. After this work, the two younger members of the holy trinity of the First Viennese School come under the baton of János Kovács; initially a three-movement sinfonia concertante dedicated to the Parisian public by Mozart in 1778. The manuscript of the work scored for four wind instruments and orchestra was lost, and posterity has been left only an altered copy for solo instruments. This is how the sinfonia concertante is performed this evening, with oboist Béla Horváth from Hungarian National Philharmonic, clarinet soloist Csaba Klenyán and horn soloist Bálint Tóth both with Concerto Budapest, and Bálint Mohai, young bassoonist with the Opera orchestra. The music of Beethoven is a fitting closure to the concert and with it the orchestra’s summer evening series: Symphony No. 8, which at its debut in 1814 “did not create a furore”, according to contemporary reports. Well, we can only hope that the work does not create a furore this time, either, although its success is certain.