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Home » German Composers » Mysliviček

Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781)


Joseph Mysliveček. Motezuma (Florence 1771). Román Valek, Czech Ensemble Baroque. Motezuma: Jakub Burzynski, countertenor; Guacozinga: Marie Fajtová, soprano; Lisinga: Michaela Šrůmová, soprano; Pilpatoe (transposed down): Marián Krejčík, baritone; Cortes: Jaroslav Březina, tenor; Teutile: Tomáš Kořínek, tenor. Hudební festival Znojmo 2011. On YouTube.


Mysliveček. L'Olimpiade (Naples 1778). DVD forthcoming of the apparently inoffensive modern production in late 2013. Václav Luks, Collegium 1704. Aristea: Simona Houda-Šaturová, soprano; Megacle: Raffaella Milanesi, soprano; Alcandro: Helena Kaupová, soprano; Licida: Tehila Nini Goldstein, mezzo-soprano; Argene: Sophie Harmsen, mezzo-soprano; Clistene: Johannes Chum, tenor; Aminta: Krystian Adam, tenor. Listen online to the 2 May 2013 Prague performance. Megacle's "Superbo di me stesso", written for Luigi Marchesi and performed here at 10:16 by Raffaella Milanesi is a particularly brilliant aria. To replace the lost final chorus, the stage director inserted the final aria in Gluck's Ezio, Fulvia's accompagnato and rage aria "Misera, dove son!" / "Ah'! Non son io che parlo". See the detailed review of a Caen performance by Graham O'Reilly at EMR 155:67, which concludes: "That apart [the Gluck insertion], the stunning singing and playing make this production an exemplar of how all opera should be done.... Don't miss it [the DVD]."


Joseph Mysliveček (1737-1781). Medonte (Rome 1780). dhm 88697861242 (2 CDs, November 2012). About the opera. Werner Ehrhardt, L'Arte del Mondo. Selene: Juanita Lascarro, soprano; Arsace: Susanne Bernhard, soprano; Evandro: Siphiwe McKenzie Edelmann, soprano (Stephanie Elliott in the radio broadcast); Zelinda: Loriana Castellano, mezzo-soprano; Talete: Ulrike Andersen, contralto; Medonte: Thomas Michael Allen, tenor. The librettist of Medonte was Giovanni de Gamerra. The best known setting was by Sarti (1777), whose opera was later performed as a pasticcio in London. Since women were banned from the Roman stage throughout the 18th Century, the cast of Mysliveček's opera included 5 castrati. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781). Complete Wind Octets & Quintets. cpo 777 377-2 (1 CD, March 2010). Carin van Heerden, L'Orfeo Bläserensemble. This is my favorite disk of  music for wind ensemble. The horn parts in particular place extreme technical demands on the players. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781). Il Divino Boemo - Symphonies. DG-Archiv 477 6418-2 (1 CD, February 2007). Details. Concerto Köln. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781). La Passione di Nostro Signore Gesù Cristo (Florence or Bologna 1773-77). Capriccio 71 025/26 (2 CDs, February 2005). Details. Christoph Spering, Das Neue Orchester, Chorus Musicus Köln, Mülheimer Kantorei. Maddalena: Sophie Karthäuser, soprano; Pietro: Jörg Waschinski, sopranist; Giovanni: Yvonne Berg, mezzo-soprano; Giuseppe: Andreas Karasiak, tenor. 2005 Best Classical Oratorio CD.

Mysliveček composed more than 30 operas and oratorios, mostly on libretti by Metastasio, and was considered by many to be the greatest opera composer immediately before Mozart, who was an admirer of his work. This is an exceptional recording of a great oratorio comparable to the best works of contemporary composers such as Josef Haydn and Johann Christian Bach, although the contrapuntal choruses look back to earlier styles. The arias are mainly in the dal segno form, with shortened repeats, and several have dramatic contrasts in tempo within the A section or between A and B sections. It was favorably reviewed in Early Music Review 107:43 (June 2005) by Brian Clark. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP

Josef Mysliveček (1737-1781). Symphonies & Overtures. cpo 777 050-2 (2 CDs, January 2005). Michi Gaigg, L'Orfeo Barockorchester. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP


Daniel E. Freeman. Josef Mysliveček, "Il Boemo": The Man and His Music. Details. 443 pages. Harmonie Park Press, 2009. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Mariateresa Dellaborra (ed.) "Il ciel non soffre inganni". Attorno al Demetrio di Mysliveček, "Il Boemo". Strumenti della ricerca musicale, 17 (2010). Details. 443 pages. Includes: Daniel E. Freeman, "Mysliveček's setting of the aria Se cerca, se dice from Metastasio's L'Olimpiade" (II/9). IT


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