Haydn Sinfonietta Wien

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There is hardly another historical performance ensemble today that is so internationally present through its CDs as the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien: alone since 2009 there has been more than a dozen new recording releases. The international specialist press has described the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien as "the best" (Music Web International), "sensational" (Klassik Heute), "toutes magnifiques" (Diapason), with "almost frighteningly perfect interpretation[s]" (Klassik.com).

Establishing itself in 1991 as a historical performance ensemble, the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien is one of the foremost interpreters of the Late Baroque, Viennese Classical, and the early Nineteenth Century repertoire. The ensemble is well reputed for vibrant, extraordinary interpretations, discovering and captivating audiences with unconventional program choices.

Viennese conductor and pianist Manfred Huss is the lifeblood of the ensemble—through his international successes in historical performance practise, he brings an immense wealth of knowledge and know-how to the podium. Coupled with the longstanding English concertmaster Simon Standage, the “doyen” of historic violin practise and its core players coming from more than 12 European countries, the Haydn Sinfonietta Wien converses a repertoire of rare gems from C.P.E. Bach, Haydn, Mozart to Schubert, supplemented with large-scale symphonic chamber works, operas and oratorios.

Celebrating its first great international success at the Prades Casals Festival, the ensemble has undertaken extensive concert touring throughout all major European musical centres. Soloists have included Ronald Brautigam, Christophe Coin, Lynne Dawson, Paul Goodwin, Wolfgang Holzmair, Alexei Lubimov, Christa Ludwig, Miah Persson, Bernard Richter, Friedemann Immer and Milan Turkovic; collaborations with the Tallis and Kodály Choirs. The ensemble has appeared in festivals, such as the Beethovenfest Bonn, Ascona, Prague Autumn, Evian and Flandern Festivals.

With highly acclaimed recordings of works by Haydn, Mozart and Schubert from the 1990s, a long-term recording contract with BIS Records from 2006 was signed. Since then, the ensemble has reaped many auspicious and unusual Haydn documentations. Its 2009 Haydn bicentenary edition was released with over 12 CDs, and quickly proved their worth through consistently outstanding reviews from major international music journals and magazines.
“Manfred Huss and his brilliant period band … relish to the full colour and crackling energy of these overtures, without short-changing the delicate sentiment of their slow sections.” Gramophone

“There is no other set of Haydn overtures at this level of comprehensiveness, nor does there need to be. This one is sensational.” Classics Today

“Long a champion of Haydn rarities, Manfred Huss directs his trim period band with style, zest and a sharp ear for instrumental colour.” Gramophone

“Huss draws admirably taut and spirited playing from his excellent band. Indispensable for Haydn specialists and well worth more general investigation.” Early Music Review

“With no weak points and bags of refreshingly performed strong ones this is a self-recommending release for a very wide audience.” Music Web International