Mozart – Bastien Und Bastienne

7 Apr

Bastien und Bastienne was one of Mozart’s earliest single act operas, written in 1768 when he was only twelve years old. It was allegedly commissioned by Viennese physician and ‘magnetist’ Dr. Anton Mesmer (who himself would later be parodied in Così fan tutti) as a satire of the ‘pastoral’ genre then prevalent, and specifically as a parody of the opera Le devin du village by Jean-Jacques Rousseau. After its supposed premiere in Mesmer’s garden theatre (that is only corroborated by an unverified account of Nissen), it was not revived again until 1890, when it was performed on the 2nd October at the Architektenhaus in Berlin.
By a curious coincidence, the opening melody of the overture is almost identical to that of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the Eroica. However, as the piece lay unperformed until long after that symphony was written, this appears to be chance rather than plagiarism.


Bastienne pines for her sweetheart Bastien who has has left for the city. While she has been tending her sheep, Bastien has been seduced by the shine and glamour of both the city and a wealthy lady. Upon the recommendation of Colas, when Bastien returns Bastienne plays hard-to-get so cruelly that the distraught and ill-loving Bastien is brought to the brink of suicide. Finally realising their transcendent love, the two sheepherders discard pretence and reaffirm their mutual love for each other.

Eberhard Schoner & Bayerisches Staatsorchester

Release: DS150f

Source: SQ encoded CD

Process: SQ*Final

Format: DVD-A/V  MLP: 24/44  DTS: 24/48  DD: 24/48


One Response to “Mozart – Bastien Und Bastienne”

  1. quadro forever April 11, 2012 at 17:15 #

    This is nice surprise – I hope that we will get operas yet…

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