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Haydn - Philemon und Baucis

Composer Joseph Haydn
Performer Maren Engelhardt
Christoph Genz
Jan Petryka
Alexandra Reinprecht
Voacalforum Graz
Haydn Sinfonietta Wien
Manfred Huss, conductor
Period Classical
Catalogue Number BIS-1813 SACD
EAN 7318599918136
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Aug 2009
Total time 59'43

Marionette, or puppet plays and performances were highly popular in 18th century Vienna, both among the common people and in aristocratic circles. It is therefore not surprising that Haydn’s employer, Prince Esterhazy, had a special puppet theatre built on his estate, or that the composer wrote six operas for it. Of these, Philemon und Baucis is the only one to have survived more or less intact, although not in the version of the first performance, given in honour of the Empress Maria Theresa in 1773. The present recording is based on a later version which included orchestral intermezzos by other composers, in accordance with the standard practice of the time. The opera (or rather Singspiel, with spoken dialogue) takes one of Ovid’s Metamorphoses as its point of departure, and tells the story of how Jupiter and Mercury visit earth, and are shocked by ‘the horrors and vices’ of mankind. It is only the virtue and hospitality displayed by the aged couple Philemon and Baucis that save the world from divine punishment. In the words of the eminent Austrian actor Hermann Beil, who has also made the text adaptation used here, ‘Haydn’s opera seems like a charming, Magic Flute-like moral tale – one in which everybody has a lesson to learn.’ During 2009, three previous titles with Haydn Sinfonietta Wien and Manfred Huss have appeared on BIS. Two of these are collections of previously released recordings: the Complete Overtures (‘a re-release which puts many of the new recordings appearing during this Haydn-year in the deepest shadow’, according to and a set including the Notturni and Scherzandi (described by ClassicsTodayFrance as ‘a perfect collection of the most delightful and unknown ‘Haydn-off-the-beaten-track’.) The third release with the orchestra is another rare Haydn opera, namely Acide: ‘an hour-plus of enchantment in every instant’ ( The present recording involves four vocal soloists (a young but experienced cast), two spoken parts (two of the most well-respected actors in the German language) and choir (one of Austria’s most well-respected chamber choirs) in a work that for long has only been a foot-note in the Haydn literature and discography.
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  Joseph Haydn
  Overture ‘Der Götterrat’ 8'11
01 Adagio e maestoso – Allegro di molto 4'24
02 Andante moderato 3'47
03 Prologue on Mount Olympus (Jupiter, Merkur) 2'53
  Overture ‘Philemon und Baucis’ 5'48
04 Allegro con espressione 3'50
05 Andante poco allegro 1'58
  Scene 1
06 Coro: In Wolken, hoch emporgetragen 3'13
07 Scene 2 (Jupiter, Merkur) 1'02
08 Intermezzo. Adagio in G major 0'58
09 Scene 3 (Philemon, Baucis) 0'39
10 Scene 4 (Jupiter, Merkur, the above) 0'52
11 Scene 5 (Jupiter, Merkur, Philemon) 0'13
12 Aria (Philemon): Mehr als zwanzig Jahr’ Vermählte 2'48
  Scene 5 (continued) 1'02
13 Scene 5 (continued) 0'33
14 Aria (Philemon): Ein Tag, der allen Freude bringt 2'28
  Scene 5 (continued) 1'02
15 Scene 5 (continued) 0'29
  Intermezzo 3'56
16 Intermezzo 0'54
17 Scene 6 0'44
  Scene 7 3'12
18 Scene 7 0'32
19 Aria (Baucis): Heut fühl ich der Armut Schwere 2'40
20 Scene 7 (continued) 0'15
21 Scene 8 0'27
22 Scene 9 0'32
23 Scene 10 0'40
  Intermezzo 3'56
24 Intermezzo 0'58
25 Scene 11 0'30
26 Scene 12 0'18
27 Aria (Aret): Wenn am weiten Firmamente 2'32
  Scene 12 (continued) 0'42
28 Scene 12 (continued) 0'26
29 Aria (Narcissa): Dir der Unschuld Seligkeit 3'11
  Scene 12 (continued) 0'42
30 Scene 12 (continued) 0'16
31 Duetto (Narcissa, Aret): Entfloh’n ist nun der Schlummer 3'36
32 Scene 13 0'14
33 Scene 14 1'07
  Intermezzo 3'56
34 Intermezzo 0'24
35 Scene 15 1'05
  Intermezzo 3'56
36 Intermezzo 1'40
37 Scene 15 (continued) 0'16
38 Scene 16 0'51
39 Scene 17 4'41
  Album total 59'43
OrchestraHaydn Sinfonietta Wien
ComposerHaydn, Joseph
ConductorHuss, Manfred
ChoirVoacalforum Graz
TenorGenz, Christoph
Petryka, Jan
Mezzo-sopranoEngelhardt, Maren
SopranoReinprecht, Alexandra

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