The name of Haydn is frequently associated, first and foremost, with the composer who was employed in an official capacity in the orderly service of the dynasty of the Princes of Esterhazy. By the time he made his appearance in the wider world he was already regarded as the doyen and father of so-called Viennese classicism. Between these two images of him lies a terra incognita of unheard-of extent.
In his seclusion he developed an independent tonal language, the variety of which has still not been completely revealed even today. In penetrating these depths, one unexpectedly encounters, for instance, the uniqueness of his Symphony in C Minor, Hob. 52.
The very first contact with ‘the wire’ one is electrifying. The thematic and rhythmic flow suggest explosive power. The transfer of energy via the conductor works ideally under the following conditions: musicians who are willing to take risks, organic rhythms, daring articulation, contrasts ranging from subtle to rough, humour, and an endless love for even the smallest details.
When Bernd Gradwohl and the SchlossCapelle make music, then Joseph Haydn is on the pulse of our time: Papa grooves!