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Operatic Overload

Donald Macleod focuses on a full-scale operatic season at Eszterhaza, a mistress, a new contract allowing Haydn to sell his music for profit and the destruction of the opera house.

All this week, Donald Macleod explores Haydn's time at the Hungarian palace of Eszterháza, the composer's primary base of operations for nearly a quarter of a century and the place where, he said, he 'was forced to become original'.

Today, Haydn's workload soars as Prince Nicolaus institutes a full-scale operatic season; the unhappily married composer takes a mistress; a new contract with the prince allows him, for the first time, to sell his music for profit at home and abroad; and an exploding stove in the Chinese Ballroom starts a conflagration that destroys the opera house - but the show must go on!

1 hour

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    La Fedelta premiata - dramma pastorale giocoso in 3 acts H.28.10 - Act 1

    Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • PHILIPS : 473-476-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 5.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no. 53 in D major H.1.53 (L'Imperiale)

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG: 439 779-2.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Sonata in D major H.16.37 for piano

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10668.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 6.
  • Joseph Haydn

    La Fedelta premiata - dramma pastorale giocoso in 3 acts H.28.10 - Act 2

    Singer: Frederica von Stade. Singer: Maurizio Mazzieri. Singer: Luigi Alva. Orchestra: Lausanne Chamber Orchestra. Singer: Tonny Landy. Conductor: Antal Doráti. Singer: Lucia Valentini Terrani. Singer: Ileana Cotrubaș.
    • PHILIPS : 432 430-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 10.

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