MICHAEL HAYDN (1737-1806): Der Kampf der Buße und Bekehrung.
Catalogue Number: 07Q030
Description: What do you do when your archbishop comes back to Salzburg with three freshly trained brilliant Italian sopranos from Venice? You need a huge vocal display piece and this 80-minute oratorio is only Michael Haydn's part; it was preceeded by something by Adlgasser and followed by a work by the choirmaster Westermayer. The texts are the most mind-numbing and stultifying Catholic conservative dogma imaginable. So don't read the texts; just luxuriate in six gorgeous operatic arias (most with accompanying obbigato solo instruments), a duet and a choral finale. German-English texts. Sylvia Hamvasi, Elisabeth Scholl, Tünde Szabóki, Zita Váradi, Mária Zádori (sopranos), Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra; György Vashegyi.