16 April 2012

Lenny & Haydn

It may not be the conductor/composer combination I should have come up with, on my own, but “it works, mate,” as Eric Idle’s Michelangelo said.  The first movement of the 99th especially seems to emphasize a Rossinian charm.  The second theme, in particular, has an ingratiating feline character which underscores a friend’s informal nickname for the symphony, The Cat.

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