Haydn - Opera Overtures | Naxos 8573488

Haydn - Opera Overtures

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Label: Naxos

Cat No: 8573488

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Orchestral

Release Date: 29th January 2016

Contents

Artists

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

Conductor

Michael Halasz

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Armida, Hob.XXIVa:10
» Overture
Il Mondo della Luna
» Overture
La vera costanza: Overture, Hob.Ia:15
Le Pescatrici (The Fishergirls)
» Overture
Lo speziale: Overture: Hob.Ia:10
Orlando Paladino
» Overture
Philemon und Baucis
» Overture

Artists

Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice

Conductor

Michael Halasz

About

Haydn’s operas are little-performed today though many of them were immensely popular during his lifetime, being staged far beyond the wealthy Esterháza court for which they were written. They range from dark, supernatural dramas to lighthearted capers, one even including a character tricked into believing he is on the moon. These overtures give free rein to Haydn’s musical gifts and dramatic flair, encapsulating in miniature the emotional range of the operas themselves.

This programme represents a complete survey of Haydn’s operatic overtures, including rarities such as excerpts from the marionette opera, Philemon und Baucis. These overtures have rarely been recorded, with the BIS label’s double CD release of Haydn’s entire orchestral overtures with the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien currently being the only alternative.

The Czech Chamber Philharmonic Orchestra Pardubice is one of the Czech Republic’s leading orchestras. Its recordings for Naxos include two volumes of symphonies by Franz Beck, of which ClassicsToday.com wrote that “this release will give a great deal of pleasure to anyone interested in the best symphonic works of the early classical period,” giving vol.1 (8573248) a score of 9/9.

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