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Haydn – Three Theatrical Symphonies

Orchestras / Ensembles
Catalogue numberBIS-1815 SACD
Release date2010-08-26
Orig. sample rate44100Hz
Total time66:18

By his employer Prince Esterházy Joseph Haydn was expected to provide music, and conduct the almost daily performances of operas and plays at the Prince's own opera house and marionette theatre. He must have been highly disciplined in order to be able to cope with such an enormous workload, but he also developed great skill at recycling. The three symphonies recorded here are results of this - all of them featuring music which was first heard as part of stage productions and later reused in purely instrumental works. Symphony No. 60 - the only one of the three known under its theatrical name, 'Il Distratto' ('The Distracted') - contains the incidental music to a play by the French author Jean-François Regnard. At least parts of the other two symphonies, No.12 and No.50, most probably originated in operatic works, namely Acide and Der Götterrat (the prologue to the marionette opera Philemon und Baucis). Neither of these operas has been preserved in a complete state, but reconstructions of them made by Manfred Huss have previously been released in performances by the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien conducted by Huss himself. Both of these, as well as the team's other previous Haydn recordings on BIS, have been highly acclaimed by the reviewers. Diapason accorded Acide (BIS-SACD-1812) top marks, commending the performance's 'blend of elegance and well-judged vivacity', while Philemon und Baucis (BIS-SACD-1813) was described on the website Classics Today as 'exceptionally moving stuff, full of Sturm und Drang, with Haydn taking pains to give his marionettes music of substantial humanity and warmth'. Manfred Huss and his band now return with an orchestral offering which nevertheless hint at the strong connection that existed between Haydn and the world of theatre and opera.
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Extra material for download
  Composer: Haydn, Joseph
  Symphony No.50 in C major [Der Götterrat] 18:36
01 I. Adagio e maestoso – Allegro di molto 04:24 $ 0.92 USD
02 II. Andante moderato 03:47 $ 0.79 USD
03 III. Menuet 05:23 $ 1.13 USD
04 IV. Finale. Presto 05:02 $ 1.06 USD
  Symphony No.12 in E major [Acide] 16:37
05 I. Allegro 04:56 $ 1.04 USD
06 II. Adagio 07:57 $ 1.67 USD
07 III. Presto 03:44 $ 0.78 USD
  Symphony No.60 in C major, ‘Il Distratto’ 29:21
08 I. Adagio – Presto 07:50 $ 1.65 USD
09 II. Andante 09:22 $ 1.97 USD
10 III. Menuetto 05:03 $ 1.06 USD
11 IV. Presto 02:52 $ 0.60 USD
12 V. Adagio 02:47 $ 0.58 USD
13 VI. Finale. Prestissimo 01:27 $ 0.30 USD
  Album total 66:18
OrchestraHaydn Sinfonietta Wien
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
ConductorHuss, Manfred

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