The very last symphony composed by Joseph Haydn bears the name “London”, though he actually composed no fewer than 12 for performance in the English capital. Regardless of whether or not he knew that no. 104 would be his farewell symphony, the “London” is in any case exceptionally fine and brimming with Haydnish ideas. The musical city map of Ralph Vaughan Williams bears echoes of the bells of Westminster. Neither Vaughan Williams nor Haydn was a Londoner born and bred – unlike charming Andrew Manze.
Text: Lotta Emanuelsson