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An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

Let Sir Simon Rattle guide you through the music of Joseph Haydn

On his latest LSO Live recording, Sir Simon Rattle pays homage to a composer who he holds close to his heart. For this unique project the LSO's Music Director looked through the great composer's impressive catalogue, piecing together excerpts from symphonies, oratorios and operas spanning a 40-year period, in what he describes as ‘a kind of greatest hits’.

‘The idea is to make a musical journey through all that is quirky and extraordinary, humorous and profound in Haydn,’ the LSO’s Music Director explains. The focus is on Haydn as innovator, showcasing his most forward-looking and outlandish works in 50 minutes of uninterrupted performance.

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Start your own journey

Why not take a cue from Simon and choose your own path through the catalogues of some other great composers. To help get you started, we've put together playlists of music by some of history's other great composers. Simply click on a link below to find the playlist on the streaming service of your choice, then use these recordings to start your own masterpiece.

Playlist done? We'd love to hear it! Share your creation on social media using the hashtag #imaginaryorchestral and we'll feature our favourites online.