Last Sunday I was driving across New Hampshire and WGBH-FM broadcasted the 1929 performance of Haydn’s Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise". It was Boston Symphony Orchestra under Serge Koussevitzky. As many times I heard the work it was always juts a nice Haydn work, though considered from London periods but I still recognize is as French music.
God, what Koussevitzky did with the "Surprise" Symphony! He converted those meaningless ballet’s pa-de-des into something absolutely divine! I think I just never heard the No. 94 before…
"I wish I could score everything for horns." - Richard Wagner. "Our writing equipment takes part in the forming of our thoughts." - Friedrich Nietzsche