Decorated by Qobuz (Prise de Son d’Exception), Kulturradio rbb (CD of the Week) and Radio Stephansdom (CD of the Day).
Recommended by Das Opernglas, Fono Forum, WDR 3 Tonart, Radio Swiss Classic, Rondo and Wiener Zeitung.
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Die wüste Insel
later version of the azione teatrale L’isola disabitata Hob. XXVIII:9 (first recording)
Ulrike Hofbauer, Constanze
Barbara Kraus, Silvia
Christian Zenker, Fernando
Reinhard Mayr, Enrico
Michi Gaigg, conductor
(deutsche harmonia mundi / Sony Music 2010)
Michi Gaigg found a coherent approach for this sparkling work. Her fine sense of the narrative flow shows in the Accompagnati. Musical gesture and dramatic action find a homogenous symbiosis. The “Island” is not presented here as a great opera, but rather as a light Divertissement. And that might be the correct approach. Gaigg’s vocal ensemble is young and approaches this work with a refreshing ease. […]
Fono Forum, Andreas Friesenhagen, 04/2010
The different numbers follow each other at high rate, the highly dramatic and affective ending is incomparable in the Classical era. The astounding performance by the L’Orfeo Barockorchester, directed by Michi Gaigg, underlines these aspects. Also the singers, Ulrike Hofbauer, Barbara Kraus, Christian Zenker and Reinhard Mayr offer exemplary achievements.
Wiener Zeitung, 18 February 2010
Don’t miss it! It is as gripping as a good audio book.
André Scheurer, Radio Swiss Classic, 13 February 2010 / kulturtipp 4/10
The Austrian singers and the L’Orfeo Barockorchester hit it on the spot: the right nuance, the right emotion which stays human without ever turning ridiculous.
Dirk Hühner, kulturradio rbb, CD of the Week, 22-27 February 2010