Enjoying Haydn’s Keyboard Concerti

Franz Joseph Haydn is easily most famous for his symphonies. And so he should be. Yet as an inveterate contrarian, I’ve long had a soft spot for his lesser known chamber music and concerti. (And yes, I realize that saying something is lesser known than Haydn’s symphonies is a far, far cry from saying it’s obscure. But comparatively…)

His baryton trios, for example — composed during his employment by “renowned” barytonist Prince Nikolaus Esterházy — are wonderful. So are his horn works. But for the last little while, I’ve been absorbing his keyboard concerti with relish – mostly recordings featuring the harpsichord, but dipping into piano and organ performances from time to time, as well.

Here’s a particularly fun clip featuring Paul Badura-Skoda. (For those who find Herr Badura-Skud’s appearance a bizarre amalgamation of Krusty the Clown and Roberto Benigni, I suggest playing this video in a separate tab. But if that’s not who you see when watching, enjoy!)

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About Joseph Susanka

Joseph has been doing development work for institutions of Catholic higher education since graduating from Thomas Aquinas College in 1999. A grateful resident of Wyoming, he spends his free time exploring the beautiful Wind River Mountains, keeping track of his (currently) seven sons, and thanking his lucky stars for Netflix.

  • MeanLizzie

    Lovely. Enjoyed that.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/summathissummathat Joseph Susanka

      Glad you liked ‘em, Elizabeth!

      Haydn is almost always a spirit-lifter. His “Sturm und Drang” symphonies are a bit heavier, but even those have wonderful cheery moment.


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