Joseph Haydn: Cantatas

Joseph Haydn: Cantatas

by Hans-Martin Linde
     
 

Marketed for all the world as a new CD, with 2008 and 2009 copyright and performance-mark dates, this album reveals only in the small print that it was recorded in 1987 and 1988, in the early years of the application of historical-performance principles to Haydn in Germany. Moreover, the cantatas promised on the cover, which are recitative-ariaSee more details below

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Marketed for all the world as a new CD, with 2008 and 2009 copyright and performance-mark dates, this album reveals only in the small print that it was recorded in 1987 and 1988, in the early years of the application of historical-performance principles to Haydn in Germany. Moreover, the cantatas promised on the cover, which are recitative-aria pairs to texts by ubiquitous Italian librettist Pietro Metastasio, occupy only about 22 minutes of the full-length program, the rest of which is given over to instrumental music. The Cappella Coloniensis instrumental ensemble is led by a couple of different conductors, with varying results. In short, nothing is quite as it appears, but there are strong points. The two cantatas, each fine rants of despair, are attractively sung by mezzo soprano Marilyn Schmiege; they are not terribly common works, and they're worthwhile examples of Haydn's generally rather obscure solo vocal art. And the lively reading of the "Symphony No. 92 in G major, H. 1/92, Oxford," can hold its own with later historical-instrument versions. The news is not so good with the "Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob. 7a/4," with its shapeless ensemble string work that in the 1980s was characteristic of Baroque groups that moved forward into Classical-period repertoire and an unremarkable performance by violinist Ingrid Seifert. The brittle sound from the WDR radio network was also characteristic of the period, but there's enough here to interest Haydn collectors. The booklet is in German, English, and French, but translations of the Italian vocal texts appear only in the first two of those languages.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2009
Label:
Phoenix Edition
UPC:
0811691011769
catalogNumber:
176
Rank:
362406

Tracks

  1. Bernice che fai, cantata, H. 24a/10  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Hans-Martin Linde  -  Cappella Coloniensis  - Pietro Metastasio  - Lionel Salter  - Marilyn Schmiege  - Joachim Steinheuer
  2. Miseri noi, misera Patria, cantata for soprano & orchestra, H. 24a/7  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Hans-Martin Linde  -  Cappella Coloniensis  - Pietro Metastasio  - Marilyn Schmiege  - Joachim Steinheuer
  3. Violin Concerto in G major, H. 7a/4  - Franz Joseph Haydn  - Hans-Martin Linde  -  Cappella Coloniensis  - Ingrid Seifert
  4. Symphony No. 92 in G major ("Oxford"/"Letter Q"), H. 1/92  - Franz Joseph Haydn  -  Cappella Coloniensis  - Ferdinand Leitner  - Ingrid Seifert

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