Austrian composer Johann Michael Haydn, the younger brother of the more famous Franz Joseph Haydn, was born in Rohrau, Austria, on 14 September 1737. He sang as a boy treble at St Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna, and then worked as Kapellmeister at Nagyvárad and then Salzburg.
Michael Haydn's catalogue runs to hundreds of works - mostly church and instrumental music. He taught Carl Maria von Weber and Anton Diabelli.
The Haydn brothers retained a good relationship, and Michael died in Salzburg, aged 68, on 10 August 1806.
Ensemble. Easter Mozart - Ton Koopman conducts the Mass in C and the Jupiter Symphony, heard by Giuseppe Pennisi
Ensemble. Unassuming Radiance - Mike Wheeler makes special mention of soprano Lisa Cassidy in Derby Bach Choir's Michael Haydn, Mozart and Joseph Haydn
CD Spotlight. Entirely Vivifying - Eighteenth century gallery hymns, recommended by the late Howard Smith. '... direct, unassuming religiosity.'
CD Spotlight. A Marvelous Listen - Hymn tunes played by William Neil, experienced by Gerald Fenech. '... spectacular and life enhancing ...'
CD Spotlight. A Eupeptic Vitality - Mozart and Michael Haydn for violin and viola, heard by Robert Anderson. '... Maya Magub makes a very effective protagonist ...'
Ensemble. Wonderful Mozart - Bill Newman listens to the Razumovsky Ensemble