Notes & Reviews:
The Introducing Masterpieces of Classical Music series is an informative and entertaining guide to some of the most important symphonic works of music history. As well as featuring complete concert performances, these DVDs also include insightful documentaries, in which experts guide the viewer through the structure of the music. Well-known musicologist and pianist Robert Levin discusses Haydn's life and the circumstances surrounding the composition of the 'Surprise' Symphony. His analysis of each movement, drawing out the wit and warm humor of the work through plentiful musical examples, helps to bring this beloved masterpiece vividly to life.
Levin often plays what should have happened at certain points along the way, and then contrasts that with what Haydn did instead. It is all amusing, interesting, and educational, although it concentrates on only one facet of the symphony.
Run Time: 51 min.
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish
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Works DetailsHaydn, Franz Joseph : Symphony no 94 in G major, H 1 no 94 "Surprise"
- Conductor: Mariss Jansons
- Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Orchestral
- Written: 1791