Haydn´s Symphony No 96
After many years serving the Prince of Esterházy, Haydn had a glorious freelance career in the English capital where he composed and performed the finest symphonies of the day at Hanover Square Rooms. The Morning Chronicle reviewed No 96 on 12 March 1791: ”Is it not wonderful that to souls capable of being touched by music, Haydn should be an object of homage, and even of idolatry ; for like our own Shakespeare, he moves and governs the passions at his will…”
Qualities that made Christian Zacharias one of the world’s most acclaimed pianists have also led to his further recognition as a conductor, musical thinker, writer and artist. His music performer is characterized by a highly individual mix of privacy and deep insights. He also possesses unique skills as a poetic and charismatic communicator with engaging stage presence.
Christian Zacharias maintains an active career as an internationally renowned concert pianist with solo and concerto performances around the world. He appears with the world’s leading conductors and pushes himself the most prominent orchestras, and many of his recordings have won international awards.
Christian Zacharias conductor’s career reflects his desire to build long-term partnerships with orchestras and musicians who respect each other. During his tenure as artistic director and principal conductor of the Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, he made many recordings with the orchestra, which got very good critique. Among them, a series of Mozart’s complete piano concertos which won the Diapason die, Choc du Monde and ECHO Klassik award. The recent recording of Schumann’s four symphonies and CPE Bach Symphonies Berlin. Zacharias has been the Artistic Partner of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra since the season 2009. He has also been working closely with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, The Hague Philharmonic and the Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. More recently, he has devoted itself to the opera and led productions Titus gentleness and The Marriage of Figaro by Mozart and Offenbach’s La Belle Helene. 2015 he will direct the Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Royal Opera of Wallonia in Liege, Belgium.
Christian Zacharias, conductor
Recorded for GSOplay 18 November 2017