21. December

Joseph Haydn | Arianna a Naxos

In »Arianna a Naxos«, Haydn set to music one of the most popular topics of Greek mythology. After their joint victory over the Minotaur, Ariadne out of love follows Theseus to the island of Naxos. In the beginning, Haydn describes how she awakens and longs for Theseus whom she believes to be out hunting. But when she climbs one of the rocks on the island, she sees that Theseus is on board a ship leaving her. Haydn impressively translates into music Ariadne's lament and anger over Theseus's unfaithfulness. A musical drama in a class of its own!