Haydn: L'isola disabitata / Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Release Date: 8/6/2021
Label: Pentatone
Catalog Number: PTC5186275
Conductor: Bernhard Forck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 80 Minutes

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After their acclaimed recording of Telemann’s Miriways, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin returns to PENTATONE with Joseph Haydn’s opera L’isola disabitata, together with an excellent quartet of vocalists. Officially called an azione teatrale, L’isola is a serious opera about love, loss and misunderstanding with a happy ending, set on an exotic deserted island. Special about this opera is that Haydn chose orchestral accompaniment for the entire work, with colourful and dramatic accompagnato recitatives. In Haydn’s printed score, many of the elaborate instrumental sections were deliberately cut, because he feared that they demanded too much from the players, and that some audiences may not have been cultured enough to fully appreciate them. Special about this recording is that these parts have all been reinstated, using a recent edition by Thomas Busse. The seasoned players of the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, led by Bernhard Forck, play this lavish score with fervour and swing, while Anett Fritsch (Costanza), Sunhae Im (Silvia), Krystian Adam (Gernando) and André Morsch (Enrico) offer an equally virtuosic vocal delivery. The Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is generally seen as one of the best period-instruments ensembles of today, and has a substantial PENTATONE discography, including Telemann’s Miriways (2020), CANTATA with Bejun Mehta (2018), as well as Handel’s Messiah (2020) and Concerti grossi Op. 6 (released in 2019 and 2020) and Op. 3 (2020). Annet Fritsch and André Morsch featured on Telemann’s Miriways, while Sunhae Im and Krystian Adam make their PENTATONE debut.

Works on This Recording
1. L'isola disabitata, Hob.XXVIII:9 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer: Sunhae Im (Soprano), André Morsch (Baritone), Anett Fritsch (Soprano), Krystian Adam (Tenor)
Conductor: Bernhard Forck
Orchestra/Ensemble: Berlin Akademie für Alte Musik
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