Titans of their respective ages, Haydn and Brahms became synonymous with the musical life of Vienna. Haydn also enjoyed huge success when he visited London during 1791-2 where audiences were thrilled by his new symphonies, such as No.95. Brahms, having composed his Second Piano Concerto on a massive symphonic scale, described it, with ironic understatement, to Clara Schumann as “a very small concerto, with a very small and pretty scherzo.”

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