The late Patric Standford may have written these short pieces deliberately to provoke our feedback. If so, his success is reflected in the rich range of readers' comments appearing at the foot of most of the pages.
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.
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