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Hasse Re-loaded / Valer Barna-Sabadus

Hasse / Barna-sabadus / Hofkapelle-munchen
Release Date: 02/28/2012 
Label:  Oehms   Catalog #: 830   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 2 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


The countertenor tree continues to blossom, and it has borne a new, versatile, high-placed voice in the person of a 26-year-old Romanian named Valer Barna-Sabadus. Gazing out at us on the CD cover from brown eyes, one of which is covered gingerly by falling hair, it more than suggests coyness; in fact, he is anything but. He flaunts his bright, brilliant tone, his fluency in very fast runs, and his exquisite legato. He claims, in the notes accompanying the CD, that Hasse’s music combines “Handelian drama and the instrumental virtuosity of Vivaldi,” and this strikes me as a fine observation. Hasse was revered during his lifetime, composing more than 50 operas that the public clamored for; a great
Read more deal of his music was composed for his wife Faustina Bordoni and the castrato Farinelli. He was as well known for his lovely melodies as for his showier pieces.

For an ideal example of the former—and for Barna-Sabadus’ ravishing tone and attention to line—go to track 5, the final aria of Didone abbandonata. At more than 11 minutes, you may suspect it of trying the patience; but it has a beautiful vocal line, accompanied by pizzicato strings, etched with such sensitivity through a long A section, a finely contrasting B, and a graciously decorated da capo that we are mesmerized. And it comes on the heels of a trill-filled, multi-octave display. All of the music presented here is worthy and radiantly performed, not only by our soloist, but by the 19-piece Hofkapelle München, sometimes stripped down to strings and at others with horns, bassoons, and oboes. Michael Hofstetter is the very able conductor. This is a superb disc for lovers of the high Baroque and beginnings of bel canto, not to mention countertenor singing.

-- Robert Levine, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Perdono, amata Nice, bella Nice "La gelosia": Son reo, non mi defendo...Giura il nocchier by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
2.
Perdono, amata Nice, bella Nice "La gelosia": Perdono, amata...Bei labbri che Amore by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
3.
Artaserse: Or la nube procellosa by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1730; Venice, Italy 
4.
Didone Abbandonata: Sinfonia by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
5.
Didone Abbandonata: Tu mi disarmi il fianco by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
6.
Didone Abbandonata: Leon ch' errando vada by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
7.
Didone Abbandonata: Chiama mi pur cosi by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 
8.
Didone Abbandonata: Cadra fra poco in cenere by Johann Adolf Hasse
Performer:  Valer Barna-Sabadus (Countertenor)
Conductor:  Michael Hofstetter
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Court Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 18th Century 

Sound Samples

Didone abbandonata: Sinfonia
Didone abbandonata: Aria: Tu mi disarmi il fianco
Didone abbandonata: Aria: Leon ch' errando vada
Didone abbandonata: Aria: Chiama mi pur cosi
Didone abbandonata: Aria: Cadra fra poco in cenere
Perdono, amata Nice, bella Nice, "La gelosia": Recitative: Perdono, amata Nice
Perdono, amata Nice, bella Nice, "La gelosia": Aria: Bei labbri che Amore
Perdono, amata Nice, bella Nice, "La gelosia": Recitative: Son reo, son reo, non mi difendo
Perdono, amata Nice, bella Nice, "La gelosia": Aria: Giura il nocchier che al mare
Artaserse: Aria: Or la nube procellosa

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