Roger Norrington conducts one of Europe’s leading chamber orchestras, the Camerata Salzburg, in performances of Haydn’s Symphonies Nos 82 - 87, known as the Paris Symphonies: No. 82 in C major (The Bear); No. 83 I G minor (The Hen); No. 84 in E flat major; No. 85 I B flat (The Queen) - a favorite of Marie Antoinette; No. 86 in D major; and No. 87 in A major. These expressive works really allow an ensemble to show off. Commissioned by the Comte d’Ogny, one of the financial backers of a Parisian concert society called ‘Concert de la Loge Olympique’, and written during 1785 and 1786, these symphonies are among Haydn’s most scintillating.
Freed from composing exclusively for Nikolaus Esterházy in 1779, but constrained in what he was producing for publishers, he rose to the challenge of this commission and created music that was both personal and original.
The "Paris Symphonies" were recorded live at the Mozarteum during the Salzburg Festival. Sir Roger Norrington, a passionate period specialist as well as an internationally acclaimed conductor, talks about the "Paris Symphonies" and sets them in the context of the composer’s life and musical output.
As he says, "Haydn’s melodies make you want to sing; his rhythms make you want to dance; and his humor makes you want to laugh - even during a concert! ... Played by the brilliant Camerata Salzburg in the beautiful hall of the Mozarteum, I think viewers will be led into a deeper and more delighted interest in one of music’s most heart-warming composers."
The Parisian Symphonies were released without any region code restrictions as a
2-DVD-set for the Asian market.