New Worlds | Exile

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.

Concert details

  1. Haydn  Overture from L'isola disabitata
  2. Haydn arr. Hogwood Arianna a Naxos
  3. Haydn  Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major
  4. Haydn Scena di Berenice

Ann Hallenberg mezzo-soprano
Academy of Ancient Music
Laurence Cummings director & harpsichord

Concert date

Forthcoming concerts