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Haydn: Il Mondo Della Luna / Harnoncourt, Henschel, Richter [Blu-Ray]

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Il mondo della luna
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

An ideal constellation: 2009 marked Haydn's anniversary year as well as Nikolaus Harnoncourt's 80th birthday. For this occasion the maestro chose 'Il Mondo della Luna', a delicious mixture of satire, comedy and science fiction based on a popular comedy by Carlo Goldoni. Haydn's music unleashes a display of fireworks performed with irresistible energy by Harnoncourt and his ensemble. Renowned actor and director Tobias Moretti relates the story as a magical fairy tale infused with slapstick and fantasy costumes.

American Record Guide
The video is near perfect. The staging is very creative, the setting believably falling between the Enlightenment and the 20th Century. The music is faultless, reflecting Harnoncourt's stature in period performance practice. The softer tone of the winds and emphasis on dance and melody reflect the baroque style and musician's skills.

One must be patient with Il mondo della luna, as all the goodies come in its final 40 minutes. The first two hours could have been pared down by shortening recitatives and eliminating some da capo repeats, which would make the comedy funnier. That was done, with much success, in a recent live performance in New York. We are prisoners of today's performance fashion: completeness at all costs. Nevertheless, this is a great improvement over the first commercial Haydn opera DVD: Orlando Paladino.

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 193 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: Blu-Ray, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM 2.0, DTS 5.1 Surround
Subtitles: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish


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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Il mondo della luna
  • Performers: Anja Bahrmann (Soprano); Maité Beaumont (Mezzo Soprano); Vivica Genaux (Contralto); Dietrich Henschel (Bass); Christina Landshamer (Soprano); Bernard Richter (Tenor); Magdalena Schäfer (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt
  • Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1777