Antal Doráti

Joseph Haydn Operas 1 [Box Set]

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Joseph Haydn the composer of symphonies, string quartets, piano trios, piano sonatas, and a plethora of other instrumental works was also Joseph Haydn the composer, director, and producer of operas. His employer, Prince Nikolaus Esterházy, greatly enjoyed opera, and for nearly 20 years Haydn's full-time job was running the theater at Esterháza, the Prince's pleasure palace in Hungary. In the first decade, Haydn wrote 10 operas for his company, the most successful of which ran for 20 performances. In tone, they range from the comic to the semi-serious to the wholly serious, and in quality, they range between the operas of Gluck and Mozart. The superlative series of performances recorded in the '70s by Antal Dorati with the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne and Les Choeurs de la Radio Suisse Ramande and a star-studded cast of soloists remain the only available recordings for most of these works. Although that's surely a shame considering the quality of Haydn's music, at least the music is in good hands. Dorati, of course, has been justly celebrated for his recording with the Philharmonia Hungarica of Haydn's complete symphonies and he's every bit as attuned to Haydn's style in the operas. In the four works included here -- Armida, La Fedelta Premiata, Orlando Paladino, and La Vera Costanza -- Dorati is joined by such outstanding singers as Jessye Norman, Frederica von Stade, Arleen Augér, Elly Ameling, and Helen Donath. And that's only the women: the men include Samuel Ramey, George Shirley, and Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Anyone who enjoys Haydn's music or Mozart's operas will surely enjoy this set. Philips' sound is crisp, detailed, and deep.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Armida, opera, H. 28/12
1 05:53 Amazon
2 00:40 Amazon
3 05:16 Amazon
4 01:08 Amazon
5 03:40 Amazon
6 02:56 Amazon
7 06:59 Amazon
8 01:18 Amazon
9 01:48 Amazon
10 05:37 Amazon
11 01:39 Amazon
12 03:56 Amazon
13 03:34 Amazon
14 03:49 Amazon
15 10:33 Amazon
16 01:11 Amazon
17 03:23 Amazon
18 00:58 Amazon
19 04:30 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Armida, opera, H. 28/12
1 01:49 Amazon
2 04:10 Amazon
3 03:32 Amazon
4 04:49 Amazon
5 06:27 Amazon
6 02:17 Amazon
7 02:12 Amazon
8 01:00 Amazon
9 03:12 Amazon
10 01:48 Amazon
11 06:51 Amazon
12 06:30 Amazon
13 04:33 Amazon
14 01:05 Amazon
15 04:53 Amazon
16 05:22 Amazon
17 03:58 Amazon
18 01:17 Amazon
19 01:26 Amazon
20 03:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Fedeltà premiata, opera, H. 28/10
1 03:31 Amazon
2 03:49 Amazon
3 03:22 Amazon
4 03:13 Amazon
5 02:21 Amazon
6 00:31 Amazon
7 01:38 Amazon
8 02:33 Amazon
9 02:11 Amazon
10 03:05 Amazon
11 00:47 Amazon
12 04:19 Amazon
13 02:38 Amazon
14 03:49 Amazon
15 03:39 Amazon
16 04:55 Amazon
17 03:17 Amazon
18 00:44 Amazon
19 03:06 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 4

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Fedeltà premiata, opera, H. 28/10
1 01:08 Amazon
2 05:12 Amazon
3 00:37 Amazon
4 03:44 Amazon
5 00:23 Amazon
6 02:52 Amazon
7 02:40 Amazon
8 02:14 Amazon
9 02:21 Amazon
10 04:11 Amazon
11 05:01 Amazon
12 01:13 Amazon
13 03:17 Amazon
14 01:52 Amazon
15 04:09 Amazon
16 00:35 Amazon
17 02:53 Amazon
18 01:31 Amazon
19 03:03 Amazon
20 03:11 Amazon
21 00:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Fedeltà premiata, opera, H. 28/10
1 04:32 Amazon
2 03:01 Amazon
3 00:22 Amazon
4 04:41 Amazon
5 04:08 Amazon
6 02:22 Amazon
7 01:36 Amazon
8 05:39 Amazon
9 00:52 Amazon
10 03:59 Amazon
11 02:16 Amazon
12 02:08 Amazon
13 02:52 Amazon
14 02:48 Amazon
15 00:34 Amazon
16 06:32 Amazon
17 02:12 Amazon
18 03:13 Amazon
19 01:28 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 6

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Orlando Paladino (Der Ritter Roland), opera, H. 28/11
1 03:53 Amazon
2 03:27 Amazon
3 01:53 Amazon
4 03:28 Amazon
5 00:40 Amazon
6 03:05 Amazon
7 05:11 Amazon
8 01:30 Amazon
9 00:28 Amazon
10 01:49 Amazon
11 03:48 Amazon
12 01:35 Amazon
13 06:30 Amazon
14 01:35 Amazon
15 01:50 Amazon
16 03:04 Amazon
17 00:47 Amazon
18 05:10 Amazon
19 00:34 Amazon
20 05:06 Amazon
21 03:30 Amazon
22 01:44 Amazon
23 02:08 Amazon
24 04:15 Amazon
25 03:42 Amazon
26 02:00 Amazon
27 03:35 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 7

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Orlando Paladino (Der Ritter Roland), opera, H. 28/11
1 01:27 Amazon
2 02:04 Amazon
3 01:48 Amazon
4 05:20 Amazon
5 01:36 Amazon
6 01:28 Amazon
7 03:24 Amazon
8 05:16 Amazon
9 01:01 Amazon
10 05:11 Amazon
11 03:56 Amazon
12 03:45 Amazon
13 03:04 Amazon
14 01:45 Amazon
15 04:26 Amazon
16 01:18 Amazon
17 05:50 Amazon
18 06:07 Amazon
19 04:10 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 9

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Vera costanza, opera, H. 28/8
1 05:39 Amazon
2 05:55 Amazon
3 02:48 Amazon
4 02:50 Amazon
5 00:43 Amazon
6 02:32 Amazon
7 02:02 Amazon
8 02:33 Amazon
9 02:06 Amazon
10 03:24 Amazon
11 02:23 Amazon
12 01:48 Amazon
13 04:28 Amazon
14 03:27 Amazon
15 04:35 Amazon
16 00:37 Amazon
17 02:54 Amazon
18 05:26 Amazon
19 02:29 Amazon
20 04:08 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 10

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
La Vera costanza, opera, H. 28/8
1 02:11 Amazon
2 01:32 Amazon
3 03:53 Amazon
4 00:27 Amazon
5 01:55 Amazon
6 03:14 Amazon
7 02:44 Amazon
8 01:27 Amazon
9 03:48 Amazon
10 01:40 Amazon
11 01:10 Amazon
12 03:25 Amazon
13 02:53 Amazon
14 03:03 Amazon
15 02:06 Amazon
16 00:55 Amazon
17 02:33 Amazon
18 01:34 Amazon
19 02:40 Amazon
20 05:59 Amazon
21 02:25 Amazon
22 02:24 Amazon
23 02:04 Amazon
24 04:20 Amazon
25 01:39 Amazon
26 01:09 Amazon
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