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Saving Michael Haydn

Alina Ibragimova explores music by Michael Haydn, Joseph Haydn’s often-ignored, but almost as prolific, younger brother.
London, Southbank Centre's Queen Elizabeth Hall £5 - £60 Book now

Mozart Overture The Marriage of Figaro
Michael Haydn Violin Concerto in A
Mozart Posthorn Serenade

Alina Ibragimova director/ violin

Pre-concert talk, 6pm | Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer

Who’s heard of Michael Haydn? Haydn’s brother wrote almost as much music as his more famous sibling. But he didn’t catalogue it properly, and so it’s fallen into obscurity ever since.

Violinist Alina Ibragimova wants to revive the legacy of Michael Haydn. She’s on a mission to record all his violin concertos.

Alina performs perhaps the best of them, his Violin Concerto in A major, with us in this concert.

It’s paired with music by Michael Haydn’s contemporary, Mozart, who of course has a very different legacy.

This includes a rare opportunity to hear his Posthorn Serenade, featuring a star turn for the instrument used in the 18th century to signal the arrival of the mail coach.

"Utterly compelling "
The Australian on Alina Ibragimova