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La fedeltà premiata (Antal Doráti recording)

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La fedeltà premiata
File:Fedelta premiata Dorati lp.jpg
Philips Classics LP: 6707 028
Studio album by
Antal Dorati
Released1976
StudioEpalinges, Switzerland
GenreOpera
Length162:09
LanguageItalian
LabelPhilips Classics
ProducerErik Smith
La fedeltà premiata
Philips Classics CD: 432 430-2
Philips Classics CD: 432 430-2

La fedeltà premiata ("Fidelity Rewarded") is a 162-minute studio album of Joseph Haydn's opera, performed by Luigi Alva, Ileana Cotrubas, Tonny Landy, Kari Lövaas, Maurizio Mazzieri, Frederica von Stade, Lucia Valentini Terrani and Alan Titus with the Chœurs de la Radio Suisse Romande and the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne under the direction of Antal Doráti. The album was released in 1976.

Background[edit | edit source]

La fedeltà premiata was first performed in 1781. When it was revived in 1782, Haydn shortened and rearranged his opera and introduced extensive transpositions to accommodate recasting: Celia was changed from a mezzo-soprano to a soprano and Count Perrucchetto from a bass to a tenor, the Count gaining another aria in the process. The score used in Doráti's album is the edition compiled by the Haydn scholar H. C. Robbins Landon, which is based on Haydn's original version. The album presents Haydn's music in its entirety, except for some minor cuts to recitativo secco marked as optional by Haydn himself.[1] Stanley Sadie wrote that as far as he was aware, the album was the first complete recording of the opera ever made.[2]

Recording[edit | edit source]

The album was recorded using analogue technology in June 1975 in Epalinges, Switzerland.[1]

Packaging[edit | edit source]

The cover of the CD version of the album was designed under the art direction of Ton Friesen, and features photography by Hans Morren.[1]

Critical reception[edit | edit source]

Joseph Haydn portrayed by Thomas Hardy in 1791, ten years after La fedeltẚ premiata's première

The album was reviewed or discussed by the musicologist Stanley Sadie in Gramophone in September 1976,[2] by Alan Rich in the New York Magazine on 20 June 1977,[3] by Lionel Salter in Gramophone in June 1993[4] and by Clyde T. McCants in his 2004 book American Opera Singers and Their Recordings.[5]

Track listing, CD1[edit | edit source]

Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)

La fedeltà premiata, drama pastorale giocoso in tre atti (Eszterháza, 1781), Hob. XXVIII/10, with a libretto by Giambattista Lorenzi

  • 1 (3:30) Sinfonia

Act One

  • 2 (3:54) Introduzione: Coro: "Bella dea, che in ciel risplendi" (Chorus, Nerina, Lindoro, Melibeo)
  • Recitativo accompagnato: "Tacete, tacete" (Melibeo)
  • 3 (3:23) "Prendi, prendi, o Diana" (Amaranta)
  • Coro: "Bella dea, che in ciel risplendi" (Chorus)
  • 4 (3:13) Recitativo: "Non più, Ninfe, pastori" (Melibeo, Amaranta, Nerina, Lindoro)
  • 5 (2:21) Aria: "Già mi sembra di sentire" (Lindoro)
  • 6 (0:32) Recitativo: "Di tuo fratello al pari" (Melibeo, Amaranta)
  • 7 (1:41) Aria e Recitativo accompagnato: "Per te m'accese amore" (Amaranta, Melibeo)
  • 8 (2:30) Aria: "Selvo... aiuto..." (Perrucchetto)
  • 9 (2:11) Recitativo: "Signor, per ristorarvi" (Melibeo, Perrucchetto, Amaranta)
  • 10 (3:06) Aria: " Mi dica, il mio signore" (Melibeo)
  • 11 (0:45) Recitativo: "Corpo di Bacco! È innamorato" (Perrucchetto, Amaranta)
  • 12 (4:19) Aria: "Dove, oh dio, rivolgo il piede" (Fileno)
  • 13 (2:39) Recitativo: "Chi mai provò nell'alma" (Fileno, Nerina)
  • 14 (3:45) Aria: "È amore di natura" (Nerina)
  • 15 (3:35) Aria: "Placidi ruscelletti" (Celia)
  • 16 (4:56) Recitativo: "Misera Fille, e quando" (Celia, Nerina, Fileno, Lindoro, Melibeo, Amaranta, Perrucchetto)
  • 17 (3:17) Aria: "Miseri affetti miei" (Fileno)
  • 18 (0:44) Recitativo: "È partito" (Amaranta, Lindoro, Celia, Melibeo, Perrucchetto)
  • 19 (2:57) Aria: "Vanne... fuggi... traditore!" (Amaranta)[1]

Track listing, CD2[edit | edit source]

Act One, continued

  • 1 (1:05) Recitativo: "Non occorrono pianti" (Melibeo, Celia, Nerina)
  • 2 (5:13) Aria: "Deh soccorri un'infelice" (Celia)
  • 3 (0:37) Recitativo: "Questa è pazza senz'altro" (Nerina, Perrucchetto)
  • 4 (3:43) Aria: "Coll'amoroso foco" (Perrucchetto)
  • 5 (0:14) Recitativo: "E si sdegna di più" (Amaranta, Melibeo, Lindoro)
  • 6 (3:01) Finale: "Questi torti, questi affronti" (Amaranta, Melibeo, Lindoro)
  • 7 (2:41) "Ah non tremarmi tanto" (Celia, Lindoro)
  • 8 (2:14) "Ah villana alle selve incallita" (Amaranta, Melibeo, Lindoro, Perrucchetto, Nerina)
  • 9 (2:22) "Lasciami... lasciami... "(Celia, Amaranta, Perrucchetto, Melibeo, lindoro)
  • 10 (4:10) "Se non si trova, oh dio" (Filena, Celia, Amaranta, Melibeo, Perrucchetto, Lindoro)
  • 11 (4:50) "Aiutatemi... son morta..." (Nerina, Lindoro, Perrucchetto, Melibeo, Amaranta, Fileno, Celia)

Act Two

  • 12 (1:14) Recitativo: "A me simile affronto" (Melibeo, Nerina)
  • 13 (3:17) Aria: "Sappi, che la bellezza" (Melibeo)
  • 14 (1:52) Recitativo: "Vengo Fileno pur; vedranno tutti" (Nerina, Fileno, Lindoro, Celia)
  • 15 (4:10) Aria: "Se da' begli occhi tuoi" (Fileno)
  • 16 (0:35) Recitativo: "Già la fera è ne' lacci" (Nerina, Lindoro, Celia)
  • 17 (2:50) Aria: "Volgi pure ad altr'oggetto" (Nerina)
  • 18 (1:31) Coro di Cacciatori: "Più la belva nel bosco non freme" (Chorus)
  • 19 (3:04) Recitativo: "Ecco, amici, le selve" (Melibeo, Amaranta, Perrucchetto, Fileno, Lindoro)
  • 20 (3:10) Aria: "Di questo audace ferro" (Perrucchetto)
  • 21 (0:51) Coro di Cacciatori: "Più la belva nel bosco non freme" (Chorus)[1]

Track listing, CD3[edit | edit source]

Act Two, continued

  • 1 (4:30) Recitativo accompagnato: "Bastano, bastano i pianti" (Fileno)
  • 2 (3:01) Aria e Recitativo accompagnato: "Recida il ferro istesso" (Fileno)
  • 3 (0:21) Aria: "Eterni dei!" (Celia)
  • 4 (4:41) Recitativo accompagnato: "Ah come il core mi palpito nel seno!" (Celia)
  • 5 (8:41) Aria: "Ombra del caro bene" (Celia)
  • 6 (2:22) Recitativo: "Si, Celia e Perrucchetto distruggere conviene" (Melibeo, Nerina, Amaranta, Lindoro)
  • 7 (1:36) Recitativo accompagnato: "Barbaro conte... è questa la mercè" (Amaranta)
  • 8 (5:45) Aria: "Dell'amor mio fedele" (Amaranta)
  • 9 (0:52) Recitativo: "Ah temo, il tuo periglio" (Nerina, Melibeo, Fileno)
  • 10 (4:00) Finale: "Quel silenzio e quelli pianti" (Fileno, Nerina, Lindoro)
  • 11 (2:16) "Si vada... si soccorra" (Amaranta, Nerina, Fileno, Lindoro)
  • 12 (2:08) "Queste due vittime, casta Diana" (Melibeo, Amaranta, Nerina, Fileno, Lindoro)
  • 13 (2:52) "Perfido cielo ingrato!" (Celia, Perrucchetto, Melibeo, Fileno, Amaranta, Nerina, Lindoro)
  • 14 (2:36) "Via si cada, ché la dea" (Melibeo, Celia, Perrucchetto, Amaranta, Fileno, Nerina, Lindoro)

Act Three

  • 15 (0:33) Recitativo: "Fillide! Oh dio!" (Fileno, Celia)
  • 16 (5:31) Duetto: "Ah se tu vuoi ch'io viva" (Celia, Fileno)
  • 17 (2:13) Recitativo: "Pastori, in sulla sponda" (Melibeo, Perrucchetto, Amaranta, Lindoro, Fileno)
  • 18 (3:16) Recitativo accompagnato: "Misero me!" (Melibeo, Amaranta, Celia, Fileno, Lindoro, Perrucchetto, Diana)
  • 19 (1:21) Coro: "Quanto più diletta e piace" (All)[1]

Personnel[edit | edit source]

Performers[edit | edit source]

  • Lucia Valentini Terrani (contralto), Fillide, going by the name of Celia
  • Tonny Landy (tenor), Fileno, lover of Fillide
  • Frederica von Stade (mezzo-soprano), Amaranta, a vain and arrogant lady
  • Alan Titus (baritone), Count Perrucchetto, an aristocrat of extravagant disposition
  • Ileana Cotrubas (soprano), Nerina, a Nymph, fickle in love, enamoured of Lindoro
  • Luigi Alva (tenor), Lindoro, brother of Amaranta, in the service of the Temple of Diana, at first in love with Nerina, later with Celia
  • Maurizio Mazzieri (baritone), Melibeo, High Priest of the Temple of Diana, in love with Amaranta
  • Kari Lövaas (soprano), Diana, Goddess of the Hunt
  • Michel Perret, harpsichord
  • Pablo Loerkens, cello
  • Fritz Widmer, double-bass
  • Chœurs de la Radio Suisse Romande
  • André Charlet, chorus master
  • Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne
  • Antal Doráti, harpsichord and conductor[1]

Other[edit | edit source]

Release history[edit | edit source]

In 1976, Philips Classics released the album as a set of four LPs (catalogue number 6707 028) with a booklet containing notes, texts and translations.[2] The album was not issued on cassette.

In 1993, Philips Classics issued the album on CD (catalogue number 432 430-2), packaged in a slipcase with a 204-page booklet.[1] The booklet contained libretti, synopses by Erik Smith and an essay by H. C. Robbins Landon, all in English, French, German and Italian. It was illustrated with images of Haydn and the title page of a libretto printed for his opera's première, and with production photographs of Alva, Cotrubas, Doráti, Landy, Lövaas, Mazzieri, von Stade, Valentini Terrani and Titus taken by Klaus Hennich.[1] Philips Classics also issued the album with seven other of Doráti's recordings of Haydn's operas in a 20-CD box set (catalogue number 438 167-2).[1]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 Haydn, Joesph: La fedeltà premiata, cond. Antal Doráti, Philips Classics CD, 432 430-2, 1993
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Gramophone, September 1976, pp. 466-467
  3. New York Magazine, 20 June 1977, p. 65
  4. Gramophone, June 1993, pp. 99-100
  5. McCants, Clyde T.: American Opera Singers and Their Recordings, McFarland & Company, 2004, p. 364


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