HAYDN, J.: Libertine and His Master's Servant



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Joseph Haydn - Libertine and His Master's Servant
Munchmeyer, Nele - Television Director

Year of Production: 2009
Playing Time: 00:52:04
Catalogue Number: CM9555

Haydn's lifetime saw a series of striking changes in musical style. At the time of his birth and childhood Baroque traditions still prevailed. By the end of his life the apparent stability of the Classical style was being challenged, notably by Beethoven. Haydn did not simply live through this long development; he was a central part of it. Nele Munchmeyer's documentary throws light upon Haydn as the ingenious composer and as the private person – the "Libertine" in his private life and the "Servant" as the Kapellmeister of the Esterhazys.

The film includes excerpts from highly acclaimed performances of Haydn works. Amongst them are the opera Armida with the German soprano Annette Dasch, arias from Haydn performed by the Freiburger Barockorchester and the baritone Thomas Quasthoff, and performances of Die Schopfung and Die Jahreszeiten conducted by Roger Norrington.

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