Jeremy Siepmann leads a talented cast of narrators in this behind-the-scenes look at the great composer. Infusing Hayden's story with knowledge and affection, he recounts the musician's maturation from struggling artist to celebrated composer. Siepmann's sonorous delivery and perfect pacing create a picture-perfect portrait. He adopts a steady rhythm that draws the listener into this world of genius and creativity. As Siepmann uses his well-trained voice to weave the facts and anecdotes of Haydn's life, listeners will be entertained and educated by his and the other narrators' thoughtful rendering.
I have a graduate music degree and already knew quite a bit about Haydn's music before listening to this book. But I still found the narrative completely engaging, and thought the audio quality was excellent. It brought back fond memories of watching the orchestra players blow out their candles and walk off stage one by one during Haydn's "Farewell" symphony.
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This is one of the best use of audiobooks. Loved it! Great narrations with plenty of Hyden's correspondences, which helped a great deal in conveying Hyden's personalities and circumstances. Very nice music samplings. Good way to learn about the composer and his works for a amateur like me. Loved the narrator's voice too. Very appropriate interpretation. It's refreshing!
An excellent blend of biography and music. The story is interesting by itself. By adding one of Haydn's musical pieces at 10 to 15 minute intervals the author really makes Haydn's life come alive.
Jeremy Siepmann has done a very good job introducing classical composers to a general audience. He strikes a fine balance of telling the story in an fluid way and yet still get into details. It is especially nice that Siepmann has included music excerpts of a considerable length that really allow the listener to get a good feeling of the composers development and style.