Haydn wrote his "Drumroll" symphony -- which begins with a dramatic timpani roll, and heralds its final movement with a horn call -- during one of his legendary visits to London. The sound of the hunt echoes in Bruckner's popular Fourth Symphony ("Romantic"), which premiered in Vienna in 1881 and was the only symphony the composer nicknamed. ("Pastoral" might also have been an appropriate nickname, as the mountain scenes and peasant surroundings of the composer's Austrian countryside are evoked in the work.) Bruckner's Fourth is a celebration of the everyday music of the people, presented in grand and sweeping symphonic style, and elevated by Philadelphia Orchestra music director and conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin's deep affinity for the composer.
Haydn — Symphony No. 103 (“Drumroll”)
Bruckner — Symphony No. 4 (“Romantic”)