Monday, 30 April 2012

La Reine

Joseph Haydn composed a series of symphonies called Paris Symphonies and this one no. 85 was dubbed La Reine because it was a favourite of the unfortunate Marie-Antoinette, married at 14 to Louis XVI and died at the young age of 38, leaving behind 2 children. Only her daughter will survive the revolution living in exile with other Bourbon Family members.

Played here by the Orchestra of Saint-Martin in the field under the baton of Sir Neville Marriner.

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