Unabridged and read by Jeremy Siepmann.
4 hours 40 mins duration. 4 CD's.
(Fraunhofer CBR 192 kbit/s 44khz JS, jetAudio 6.2+).
No great composer's story is more predominantly happy than Haydn's, though even his has it's share of dark clouds.
Brilliant, strikingly original and blessed not only with genius but an infectious sense of humour, he was also profound and modest, and his music, copiously illustrated here, has brought happiness and illumination to millions.
This is a mixture of biographical details, discussions about the music and excerpts. Besides talking, there are 28 excerpts taken from recordings produced by Naxos.
I have set the bitrate higher than I normally do just for speech, because of the extensive musical examples presented here.