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Haydn & Mozart Discoveries / Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau


Release Date: 02/28/2006 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000575102   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph HaydnWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 43 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This was the only recital Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau ever recorded for Decca. Its reissue on CD is welcome, but it has to be said that Decca’s presentation is dreadful. The front of the original LP sleeve is reproduced, which is pleasant; also reproduced is the reverse of that sleeve, which contained notes by Christopher Raeburn. Reduced to CD size – the print is absolutely tiny and not very well printed – it is near enough illegible. My own great difficulty in reading these notes has been shared by others whose eyes are a good deal younger and better than mine. A web address is given where we are told that these liner notes can be found – a tacit admission that they are illegible on the CD – but I couldn’t find them at the address given. Read more />
There are no texts or translations. The miniaturised LP sleeve contains the words ‘Insert Included’, so presumably the original LP did have texts/translations. This is presentation which shows scant respect for the performers and the paying customer.

It is a pleasure to turn to the music itself. Quite a number of the items included are insertion arias, written by Haydn or Mozart for performances of operas by others or for use in revised productions of their own operas. The recital begins, for example, with an aria written by Haydn in 1787 for inclusion in an Esterhazy performance of Bianchi’s Il disertore francese; it also includes Haydn’s ‘Dice benissimo’, written for another Esterhazy production, this time of Salieri’s La scuola de’gelosi. The Mozart items include arias written for productions of Paisiello’s La disfatta di Dario (‘Mentre ti lascio’) and Pasquale Anfossi’s Le gelosio fortunate (‘Un bacio de mano’).

There is much to enjoy in this recital, such as Haydn’s beautiful ‘Un cor si tenero’ (the aria written for Bianchi’s opera) and the same composer’s charming ‘Dice benissimo’, a piece to grace any opera buffa. ‘Tergi I vezzosi rai’ is from Haydn’s second version of Acide e Galatea and gives the singer the chance for some florid display – a chance which Fischer-Dieskau doesn’t neglect. Mozart’s ‘Ich möchte wohl der kaiser sein’ is an engaging oddity, a Turkish-flavoured setting of warlike sentiments in unsophisticated verse; ‘Nach der welschen Art’ was written for the singspiel version of La finta giardiniera, an aria in which Nardo explains how a lady should be wooed in Italy, France and England – each explanation/demonstration being in the relevant language and distinctively styled, musically speaking.

Some of the playing of the Wiener Haydn-Orchester now sounds rather dated. Nor, of course, is Fischer-Dieskau’s vocal style quite what we have now largely come to expect in such material. Yet it would surely be very foolish to give too much weight to ‘historical’ quibbles here – Fischer-Dieskau’s control of dynamics, subtlety of phrasing, general attractiveness of tone and, above all, the intelligence with which he interprets text are such as to overcome all such matters. Musicianship of such a quality and perceptiveness is rare and it makes for a thoroughly rewarding collection.

-- Glyn Pursglove, MusicWeb International
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Works on This Recording

1. Un cor sě tenero, H 24b no 11 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: by 04/1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Haydn composed this aria for a revival of Bianchi's opera "Il disertore." 
2. Acide, H 28: Tergi i vezzosi by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 6 Minutes 6 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Dice, benissimo, H 24b no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?07/27/1780; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Haydn composed this aria for a revival of Salieri's opera "La scuola de gelosi." 
4. Warnung, K 433 (416c) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Ich möchte wohl der Kaiser sein, K 539 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1788; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 48 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. La finta giardiniera, K 196: Con un vezzo all'italiana by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Munich, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 3 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is sung in English, French, German and Italian. 
7. Mentre ti lascio, o figlia, K 513 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 8 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Cosě dunque tradisci...Aspri rimorsi atroci, K 432 (421a) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Un moto di gioia, K 579 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1789; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 5 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Le nozze di Figaro, K 492: Hai giŕ vinta la causa!...Vedrň, metr'io sospiro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1786; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 4 Minutes 56 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. La vera costanza, H 28 no 8: Spann' deine langen Ohren by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone)
Conductor:  Reinhard Peters
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Haydn Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: circa 1778; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Date of Recording: 10/1969 
Venue:  Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria 
Length: 2 Minutes 34 Secs. 
Language: German 

Sound Samples

Un cor si tenero / "Il Disertore"
La vera costanza: Spann' deine lange Ohren
Acide e Galatea: "Tergi i vezzosi rai"
Dice benissimo
Männer suchen stets zu naschen, K.433
Ein Deutsches Kriegslied: Ich möchte wohl der Kaiser sein, K.539
La finta giardiniera, K.196 - German version: Nach der welschen Art
Mentre ti lascio, oh figlia, K.513
Cosě dunque tradisci... Aspri rimorsi atroci, K.432
Un bacio di mano, K.541
Le nozze di Figaro / Act 3: Hai gia vinto la causa...Vedro ment'rio sospiro

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Rarities June 27, 2012 By G K Barranger (Covington, LA) See All My Reviews " This recording by Fischer-Disieskau is exactly that: very rarely heard music. It demonstrates the truly remarkable repertoire of this great artist. He sings these pieces as though they were an every day revival of material for him. And of course he pours into them the same artistry he uses elsewhere in more familiar territory. For the collector of Fischer-Dieskau's music, having these pieces is a must.

Garic Barranger
***** "
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