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22/03/2009

Berliner Philharmoniker
Nikolaus Harnoncourt

  • Joseph Haydn
    Orlando Paladino (complete opera) (02:39:57)

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    Nikolaus Harnoncourt 
talks about Haydn’s “Orlando Paladino” (00:17:24)

Imagine a mountainous island off the coast of a faraway, magical land. Imagine gallant knights and alluring ladies, shepherds and their pretty shepherdess daughters, all in love with each other, only not exactly in the right constellation. Picture all this and find yourself in the midst of the dramma eroicomico in tre atti with the beautiful title Orlando Paladino. By the way, it was composed by a certain Mr. Joseph Haydn. The ending of his heroic and comic drama won’t be revealed here, just this much: the Classical period still knew a lieto fine and its deus ex machina. What is more, the Berliner Philharmoniker were able to convince Nikolaus Harnoncourt to interpret this work with them – it goes without saying as a concertante performance, since the Berliner Philharmonie is not an opera house. And not only the conductor and the orchestra make this concert worthwhile, but also its outstanding soloists. All very good reasons to take a journey to an island off the coast of a faraway, magical land.

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