Haydn - The Seasons | Harmonia Mundi HMC97182930

Haydn - The Seasons

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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMC97182930

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 10th February 2014

Contents

Artists

Marlis Petersen (soprano)
Werner Gura (tenor)
Dietrich Henschel (baritone)
RIAS Kammerchor
Freiburger Barockorchester

Conductor

Rene Jacobs

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

The Seasons (Die Jahreszeiten), Hob.XXI:3

Artists

Marlis Petersen (soprano)
Werner Gura (tenor)
Dietrich Henschel (baritone)
RIAS Kammerchor
Freiburger Barockorchester

Conductor

Rene Jacobs

About

"Haydn was on a roll when he started The Seasons, having just completed The Creation. His unique blend of drama and naiveté gives rise to music which is at worst charming, and at best overwhelming. René Jacobs shapes a performance which is quite brilliant, even by his own high standards. It oozes character and invention – just like the music itself. The vocal soloists Marlis Petersen, Werner Güra, and Dietrich Henschel complete the cast. There’s not a weak link in earshot." - BBC Radio 3, CD Review

- Gramophone Editor’s Choice
- Benchmark, BBC Music Magazine
- Classic FM Magazine Very Best of 2004
- Daily Telegraph Classical CDs of the Year
- Sunday Times Records of the Year
- Sunday Telegraph Records of the Year
- Gramophone Critics’ Choice
- Penguin Guide 100 Outstanding Recordings (Rosette)
- BBC Radio 3 Top Choice, Building a Library

It would be hard to imagine a more joyful account of Haydn's culminating masterpiece. René Jacobs and his outstanding team perfectly capture the exuberance with which the composer seemed to be defying the years.” - Edward Greenfield, Editor’s Choice, Gramophone, Awards issue, 2004

"Not content with winning Gramophone's Record of the Year for his Figaro, René Jacobs turns his loving attention to Haydn's final oratorio. There have been some splendid recordings of this charming, bucolic masterpiece, but none as infectiously exuberant as this, which is given extra vitality by the richness of Jacobs' period-instrument forces. All this and his three soloists beat all their rivals, to boot." - Andrew Clarke, The Independent, 16-22 October 2004, *****

Buy a copy and banish Seasonal Affective Disorder for good.” - International Record Review, December 2004

Jacobs seems at the peak of his achievement in the interpretation of the Viennese classics and surely there can be few such comparatively neglected masterpieces that so much call for his enthusiastic advocacy. And who better to cheer the spirits than the ever-inventive and human Haydn?” - Alan Blyth, Critics’ Choice, Gramophone, December 2004

Reviews

More than any other version, the period performance under René Jacobs brings out the joy of this piece ... as he nudges the music persuasively when Haydn has fun in imitating the lowing of cattle, the cry of the quail and the chirping of the cricket. With recording of ideal clarity and immediacy Jacobs also brings out the boldness of the writing for brass and timpani in the finales of each section, notably the drinking chorus which rounds of Autumn.
Penguin Guide 2010
Penguin Rosette Winner Gramophone Editor's Choice Penguin Guide 4 stars

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