Franz Joseph Haydn

1732 - 1809
Narrated by: Michael Burrell
Length: 49 mins
Categories: Biographies & Memoirs
3.9 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Franz Joseph Haydn's creative life spanned the latter half of the 18th century, and more than any other musician of his period, he was responsible for the evolution of the Viennese classical style. He was a humble man, largely self-taught, who in his later years became the doyen of the English musical scene. This program is a must for lovers of the Viennese style.
©1977 Rosemary Hughes (P)1977 Ivan and Inge Berg

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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Contains relatively little biographical detail.

How could the performance have been better?

Audio recordings seem to be of low quality, as if you are listening to them through a pillow.

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I have enjoyed most of my previous Audible purchases but would advise prospective buyers to steer clear of this title. The text provides only very cursory information about Haydn's life. It plays long passages from recordings (of low-ish quality) without always telling you which work it is (this accounts for at least 50% of the length). There is no musical analysis, so there's no inside look on how Haydn was innovative; instead all you are told is things like Haydn is the father of the string quartet, that his music was passionate, etc.