Cornelia Horak / Richard Fuller
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Cornelia Horak traces Joseph Haydn's years of travel in England in search of the dawn of Classical-era song. Together with Richard Fuller on fortepiano, an acknowledged expert in this era, the internationally renowned Austrian soprano applies her talents to the «original canzonettas» that the composer wrote in the mid-1790s, most of them on texts by his British friend Anne Hunter. They represent an elaborate further development of the German-language songs Haydn had written up to that point and form one of the starting points for the immediately proceeding flights of fancy in this genre.
Viennese soprano Cornelia Horak is a highly sought-after opera and concert singer. She won the Dutch International Vocal Competition s'- Hertogenbosch and has been nominated twice for the Merkur Theaterpreis in Munich. Guest performances and concerts have led to appearances at a number of European opera houses Cornelia Horak has also done regular work together
with the Concentus Musicus Wien, the L'Orfeo Baroque Orchester, Barucco, the Ensemble Phoenix Baroque, theBaroque Ensemble of the Wiener Symphoniker, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir and the Chorus sine nomine.
Since relocating to Vienna, Austria over three decades ago, Richard Fuller has quietly become prominent as an interpreter of the fortepiano repertoire. He has performed in Vienna's Konzerthaus, Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Wien, Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, London's Wigmore Hall and countless other major venues and festivals in Europe, USA, Central America and Japan. Fuller is one of the few who has sought to address himself exclusively to the interpretive potential of the fortepiano, its subtle sensitivity and delicacy evoking an earlier - in many respects lost - keyboard culture. Most significantly, Fuller succeeds
brilliantly in projecting these qualities to the listener and thus has given decisive impulse to the fortepiano movement in Austria and Germany.