After extremely successful produced the Thilo Wolf Big Band jubilee concert in the previous year for the Wave House Studios from Fürth for television broadcast on Bavarian Radio, it was the purely logical conclusion to entrust us with another live recording of a concert. We traveled with a total of seven cameras and five camera guys to Munich in order to provide a smooth production.
This is a compilation of old-time German (Bavarian) drinking/socializing music. Not just songs but also polkas, laendlers, festive marches are included as well. Ausgezeichnet by all measures :)
The outstanding young countertenor Valer Barna-Sabadus has chosen works by a composer who was highly esteemed in his lifetime, but slipped into oblivion. The artist writes “My aim is to give new life to these works… one that places the individuality of the musical works in the forefront.”
Barna-Sabadus dazzles with the swiftness and surety of his execution. His voice seems to have a higher centre than, say, Andreas Scholl's…The last Didone aria takes more than 11 minutes: an entrancing vocal line above an orchestral simplicity which is often composed of staccato chords, which Barna-Sabadus captivatingly tracing the melodies.— International Record Review
One of the outstanding composers of his day, Johann Adolph Hasse was seen as possessing “the same qualities of true genius, taste and judgment” as his librettist Pietro Metastasio. Didone abbandonata represents the once hugely popular 18th-century genre of opera seria, exploring the same tragic story as Purcell’s earlier Dido and Aeneas while expanding the heroine’s conflicts between regal duties, love, and helplessness in the face of desertion.