One of those days when the clouds were particularly photogenic.
Franz Joseph Haydn, Symphony No. 43 in E-Flat Major (“Mercury”), Hob I:43 (1771) (The Academy of Ancient Music, conducted by Christopher Hogwood)
The silly nickname ‘Mercury’ became attached to this symphony only in the nineteenth century; it is entirely lacking in relevance. [Hogwood, v.6, liner notes, p. 20]
The symphony is in four movements: Allegro, Adagio, Minuet & Trio, and Allegro, and is scored for two oboes, bassoon, two horns and strings.
Credits: The quotation is from the source cited in the text. The photographs, as always on the blog unless indicated otherwise, are mine.