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Haydn’s “La Passione” Haydn’s “La Passione” Haydn’s “La Passione”

The Philadelphia Orchestra

Haydn’s “La Passione”

Apr 01, 2021
Apr 08, 2021

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor


Shaw Entr’acte, for string orchestra
Elgar Serenade for Strings
Haydn Symphony No. 49 (“La Passione”)

Composed during Haydn’s Sturm und Drang (Storm and Stress) period, the Symphony No. 49, nicknamed “La Passione” for its association with performances during Holy Week, is one of the composer’s earliest and darkest minor-key symphonies. Written almost entirely in F minor, the third movement briefly moves to F major—a welcome respite from the tension—before the inevitable fiery conclusion. 

On the other end of the emotional spectrum is Elgar’s Serenade for Strings, a serene piece evocative of the English countryside where the composer lived. The program opens with Caroline Shaw’s Haydn-inspired Entr’acte, a version of which was featured on the Amazon series Mozart in the Jungle.

This program runs approximately 1 hour and will be performed without an intermission.

Please note: All Digital Stage events begin with a performance premiere, streaming in real time. Following the performance premiere, the concert will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week.

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Claudia and Richard Balderston
Elaine W. Camarda and A. Morris Williams, Jr.
The CHG Charitable Trust
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Innisfree Foundation
Gretchen and M. Roy Jackson
Neal W. Krouse
John H. McFadden and Lisa D. Kabnick
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Leslie A. Miller and Richard B. Worley
Ralph W. Muller and Beth B. Johnston
William Penn Foundation
Peter and Mari Shaw
Dr. and Mrs. Joseph B. Townsend
Waterman Trust
Constance and Sankey Williams
Wyncote Foundation

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