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Haydn: The Complete Overtures / Huss, Haydn Sinfonietta Wien


Release Date: 05/26/2009 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 1818   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

2 discs for the price of 1!


There is no other set of Haydn overtures at this level of comprehensiveness, nor does there need to be. This one is sensational. The 22 pieces included here span Haydn's entire career, from the early 1760s right up to the prelude to "Winter" from The Seasons (1801). In them we hear him move from the late-Baroque/early-Classical style to nascent Romanticism. It is the greatest stylistic evolution in the history of music because Haydn was not just a passive observer, but its prime mover. In addition to the overtures from all of the operas that survive, some of which wound up in the symphonies of the same period--most notably the one to La
Read more fedeltà premiata, which became the finale to "The Hunt" (La chasse) Symphony--you also get the introduction to The Seven Last Words and the overtures to the oratorios Il ritorno di Tobia and The Creation.

One of the things that makes Manfred Huss' performances so desirable is that he is one of the very few conductors who doesn't destroy ensemble balances by making the (unwritten) continuo part too prominent. The harpsichord gives a little extra rhythmic definition to the bass--but it doesn't overwhelm the strings or winds or become an independent solo voice. The fortepiano is, correctly, almost entirely inaudible. I'm still not convinced that conducting "from the keyboard" required anything like as much participation as we routinely hear today, but if you're going to do it at all then this is surely the right way. Bottom line: lively tempos, gutsy brass and timpani, perky winds, and stunning music make this former Koch release a huge two-for-the-price-of-one bargain on BIS.

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Acide, H 28 no 1: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1762; Vienna, Austria 
2.
Lo speziale, H 28 no 3: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1768; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
3.
Le pescatrici, H 28 no 4: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1769; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
4.
L'infedeltŕ delusa, H 28 no 5: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
5.
Der Götterrath, H 29a no 1a: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: Eszterhazá, Hungary 
6.
Philemon und Baucis oder Jupiters Reise auf die Erde, H 29a no 1: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Baroque 
7.
Il ritorno di Tobia, H 21 no 1: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1774-1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
8.
L'incontro improvviso, H 28 no 6: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
9.
Die Feuersbrunst, H 29b no a: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1776-1778; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
10.
Il mondo della luna, H 28 no 7: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
11.
Overture in D major, H 1a no 4 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1784; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
12.
La vera costanza, H 28 no 8: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1778; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
13.
L'isola disabitata, H 28 no 9: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
14.
La fedeltŕ premiata, H 28 no 10: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
15.
Orlando paladino, H 28 no 11: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
16.
Armida, H 28 no 12: Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
17.
Sinfonia in D major, H 1a no 7 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
18.
Seven last words of Christ on the Cross, H 20 no 1a: Introduction by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1787; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
19.
L'anima del filosofo, H 28 no 13 "Orfeo ed Euridice": Overture by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1791; London, England 
20.
The Creation, H 21 no 2: Representation of chaos by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
21.
The Seasons, H 21 no 3: Autumn - Introduction by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria 
22.
The Seasons, H 21 no 3: Winter - Introduction by Franz Joseph Haydn
Conductor:  Manfred Huss
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Haydn Sinfonietta Vienna
Period: Classical 
Written: Vienna, Austria 

Featured Sound Samples

Die Feuersbrunst: Overture
La fedeltŕ premiata: Overture
Armida: Overture

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