220309 AAM


Haydn - Overture from L'isola disabitata

Haydn - Arianna a Naxos

Haydn - Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major

Haydn - Scena di Berenice

c.2 hours


Ann Hallenberg - mezzo-soprano

Academy of Ancient Music

Laurence Cummings - director & harpsichord

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Cambridge Live

£5.00 – £37.50

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Exile, elegance and adventure: Laurence Cummings and the AAM follow Joseph Haydn to 18th century London, in a concert of thrilling emotional extremes.

When Haydn arrived in London in 1791, he triggered a full-scale Georgian media frenzy – and responded with some of his most enduring and imaginative music. This new world offered him fortune as well as fame, and today Laurence Cummings demonstrates why, in a concert that explores the full, glorious range of one of music’s first global superstars.

That means a tempestuous overture from an opera set on a desert island, and a rare performance of the Sinfonia Concertante, in which four of the AAM’s own stars take the spotlight in a witty quadruple concerto, written to delight a fashionable crowd. And at the heart of it all, two extraordinary, impassioned mini-operas. Abandoned and alone, the heartbroken Ariadne cries to the heavens. Berenice contemplates the death of her beloved – and resolves to share his fate. These two cantatas were enormous hits with the London audience, and today you’ll hear why.

Pre-concert talk with Richard Jones at 6.30pm – free to ticket-holders

more about the Academy of Ancient Music

Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) is an orchestra with a worldwide reputation for excellence in baroque and classical music. Using historically-informed techniques, period-specific instruments and original sources, we bring music vividly to life in committed, vibrant performances.