Haydn - Armida | Warner 9029561472

Haydn - Armida

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Label: Warner

Cat No: 9029561472

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Opera

Release Date: 27th July 2018

Contents

Artists

Cecilia Bartoli
Christoph Pregardien
Patricia Petibon
Oliver Widmer
Scot Weir
Markus Schafer
Concentus Musicus Wien

Conductor

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Armida, Hob.XXIVa:10

Artists

Cecilia Bartoli
Christoph Pregardien
Patricia Petibon
Oliver Widmer
Scot Weir
Markus Schafer
Concentus Musicus Wien

Conductor

Nikolaus Harnoncourt

About

One of the very few recordings opera star Cecilia Bartoli made for Warner Classics’  former labels Teldec and Erato, apart from three Mozart operas (Così fan tutte and Le nozze di Figaro with Daniel Barenboim and the rare Lucio Silla with Harnoncourt). The terrific cast also features the great tenor Christoph Prégardien and famous French soprano Patricia Petibon. The Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt was both a specialist of Classical era and a master of opera performances. In the early 1950s, Harnoncourt founded Concentus Musicus Wien, the first professional orchestra in Europe to play on period instruments and dedicated to music of the pre-Romantic era.

As Sir Nicholas Kenyon wrote in Gramophone after Harnoncourt’s death: “He wanted to explore why composers made their music sound as it did, to understand what their intentions were, to react to the  instruments they used and to their sonorities, and to see how they could best be created anew in our time. He did not believe in ‘authenticity’ as such, and never used the word. Instead he questioned ‘tradition’ as laziness [as] Mahler had before him.”

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