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Haydn: The Operas / Dorati (20 CD Set)

Release Date: 09/08/2009 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 001313202   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Samuel RameyClaes H. AhnsjoJessye NormanNorma Burrowes,   ... 
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber OrchestraSuisse Romande OrchestraSuisse Romande Chorus
Number of Discs: 20 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Though Haydn was known primarily as an instrumental composer, he also had a successful and prolific career as an opera composer. This budget-priced box set brings together eight complete opera recordings, all under the direction of Antal Dorati with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

These recordings, made in the late 1970s, were groundbreaking at the time and remain valuable documents of Haydn’s lesser-known works.


"On CD Armida makes a fair entertainment, with splendid singing from Jessye Norman even if she scarcely sounds malevolent. Claes Ahnsjo as the indecisive Rinaldo does better than most tenors in coping with the enormous range. The whole team of
Read more soloists is one of the most consistent in Dorati's Haydn opera series, with Norma Burrowes particularly sweet as Zelmira. The 1978 recording quality is outstanding." -- Pengun Guide [2003/4 Edition]

Il mondo della luna, H 28 no 7
"Il mondo della luna is a well-known comedy, splendidly treated by Haydn, and one in which a strong cast prove equally impressive. Recitative and instrumental interludes feature strongly. Domenico Trimarchi sounds almost Leporello like in his blustering La ragazza col vecchione and Luigi Alva returns to the Haydnesque fray as Ecclitico, the fake astrologer, spinning his wares with insouciant and soothing charm (all false of course) in the (nevertheless) delightful Act I aria Un poco di denaro. Arleen Auger is impeccable and enormously characterful as Flaminia (sample Act I’s Ragion nell’alma siede) The scheming of Cecco, taken by the honeyed tenor of Anthony Rolfe Johnson is well conveyed through thought-process registral leaps and a conversational manner and Edith Mathis certainly takes her place in the sun in Act II with her powerfully sensitive singing of Quanta gente che sospira. The smaller interpolations into other works are gallantly done and similarly successful...The performances still sound fresh and convincing in most important areas and will repay close scrutiny." -- - Jonathan Woolf, MusicWeb International

L'incontro improvviso, H 28 no 6
"In eighteenth-century Vienna the abduction opera involving Moorish enslavement and torture because quite a cult. The greatest instance is Mozart's Entführung, but his example of the genre from Haydn is worthy of comparison, with its very similar story; the result is musically delightful... Benjamin Luxon and Domenico Trimarchi are delectable... Claes Ahnsjö is at his finest..." -- Penguin Guide [2003/4 edition]

La fedeltà premiata, H 28 no 10
"La fedelta premiata shows its composer on his finest form. It was the first of Dorati's series of Haydn opera recordings for Philips, launched with characteristic effervescence, helped by and excellent Haydn-sized orchestra and a first-rate cast. The proud Aramanta is superbly taken by Frederica on Stade, while Haydn's unconventional allocation of voices brings a fine baritone, Alan Titus, to match her as the extravagant Count Perruccetto. But the sweetest and most tender singing comes from Ileana Cotrubas as the fickle nymph, Neria. The recording is intimate but with plenty of atmosphere." -- Penguin Guide [2003/4 Edition]
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Works on This Recording

Armida, H 28 no 12 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Samuel Ramey (Bass), Claes H. Ahnsjo (Tenor), Jessye Norman (Soprano),
Norma Burrowes (Soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1783; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
La fedeltŕ premiata, H 28 no 10 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Tonny Landy (Tenor), Luigi Alva (Tenor), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano),
Ileana Cotrubas (Soprano), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano), Alan Titus (Baritone),
Maurizio Mazzieri (Bass)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1780; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Orlando paladino, H 28 no 11 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Claes H. Ahnsjo (Tenor), Gwendolyn Killebrew (Mezzo Soprano),
Arleen Augér (Soprano), Elly Ameling (Soprano), George Shirley (Tenor),
Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Maurizio Mazzieri (Bass)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
La vera Costanza, H 28 no 8 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone), Kari Lovaas (Soprano), Helen Donath (Soprano),
Jessye Norman (Soprano), Claes H. Ahnsjo (Tenor), Wladimiro Ganzarolli (Baritone),
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: ?1778; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
L'infedeltŕ delusa, H 28 no 5 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Claes H. Ahnsjo (Tenor), Edith Mathis (Soprano), Michael Devlin (Bass Baritone),
Barbara Hendricks (Soprano), Aldo Baldin (Tenor)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1773; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
L'incontro improvviso, H 28 no 6 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Benjamin Luxon (Baritone), Claes H. Ahnsjo (Tenor), Margaret Marshall (Soprano),
Linda Zoghby (Soprano), Della Jones (Mezzo Soprano), Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone),
Jonathan Prescott (Voice)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1775; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
L'isola disabitata, H 28 no 9 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Luigi Alva (Tenor), Linda Zoghby (Soprano), Norma Lerer (Mezzo Soprano),
Renato Bruson (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1779; Eszterhazá, Hungary 
Il mondo della luna, H 28 no 7 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Lucia Valentini-Terrani (Mezzo Soprano), Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Arleen Augér (Soprano), Frederica Von Stade (Mezzo Soprano), Luigi Alva (Tenor),
Domenico Trimarchi (Baritone)
Conductor:  Antal Doráti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Suisse Romande Orchestra,  Suisse Romande Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1777; Eszterhazá, Hungary 

Sound Samples

Armida: Sinfonia
Armida / Act 1: "Amici, il fiero Marte"
Armida / Act 1: "Vado a pugnar contento"
Armida / Act 1: "Armida, ebben, che pensi?"
Armida / Act 1: "Se dal suo braccio oppresso"
Armida / Act 1: "Parti Rinaldo; ed ebbe core Armida"
Armida / Act 1: "Se pietade avete, oh Numi"
Armida / Act 1: Marcia
Armida / Act 1: "Valorosi compagni, nuovi perigli"
Armida / Act 2: "Ansioso giŕ mi vedi"
Armida / Act 1: "Dove son? Che miro intorno?" - "Qual turbamento igno- to" - "Signor, ingombro č il monte"
Armida / Act 1: "Ah, si scenda per poco"
Armida / Act 2: "Partirň, ma pensa, ingrato"
Armida / Act 1: "Se tu seguir mi vuoi"
Armida / Act 3: "Questa dunqu'č la selva?"
Armida / Act 1: "Armida, ah vieni, e vedi"
Armida / Act 3: "Torna pure al caro bene"
Armida / Act 1: "Oh amico! Oh mio rossor!"
Armida / Act 3: "Qual tumulto d'idee m'eccita in seno"
Armida / Act 3: "Ah, non ferir: t'arresta"
Armida / Act 1: "Cara, sarň fedele"
Armida / Act 3: "Che inopportuno incontro!"
Armida / Act 2: "Odi, e serba il segreto"
Armida / Act 3: "Dei pietosi, in tal cimento" - "Ed io m'arresto?"
Armida / Act 2: "Tu mi sprezzi, e mi deridi"
Armida / Act 3: Marcia
Armida / Act 2: "No, non mi pento"
Armida / Act 2: "Ah, si plachi il fiero Nume"
Armida / Act 3: "Fermate. Utile sia breve dimora"
Armida / Act 2: "Va pur, folle"
Armida / Act 2: "Teco lo guida al campo"
Armida / Act 2: "Ben simulati io credo"
Armida / Act 2: "Armida...Oh affanno!"
Armida / Act 2: "Cara, č vero, io son tiranno"
Armida / Act 2: "Barbaro! E ardisci anchor"
Armida / Act 2: "Odio, furor, dispetto"
Armida / Act 2: "Eccoti alfin, Rinaldo, reso"
Armida / Act 2: "Prence amato, in questo amplesso"
Armida / Act 3: "Astri che in ciel splendete"

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  1 Customer Review )
 Haydn composed brilliant opera! April 23, 2014 By Stephen Schoeman (Westfield, NJ) See All My Reviews "The operas of Haydn, sadly, are rarely performed. And this is a shame because they sparkle with wonderful arias and very fine orchestral music. At times it is as if a person is listening to Mozart! Haydn was every bit Mozart's equal and was more famous in his day than Mozart. Not that fame is the measure of greatness! The performances on this wonderful CD set are outstanding and the conducting first rate. What could be better than spending hours and hours listening to these eight Haydn operas? Not to mention his masses and symphonies and concerti and chamber music and other works! Dr. Stephen Schoeman" Report Abuse
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