Haydn - Die Jahreszeiten
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Cat No: LPH013
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 19th May 2014
Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs-Elysees
Impressed by the Handel works that he heard in London, Haydn felt the need to compose oratorios. First came 'Die Schopfung' (The Creation) which met with resounding success; then Baron Gottfried van Swieten proposed to Haydn an arrangement of James Thompson’s poem ‘The Seasons’.
Initially, Haydn was little attracted by the text, which deviates from the classic oratorio based on a religious text, but subsequently let himself be convinced. The result, for three soloists, chorus and an orchestra, is a vast pictorial fresco of Nature that describes landscapes and the feelings that they arouse.
For the first time, Philippe Herreweghe gives us his own vision of an oratorio by Haydn. This recording is also the first in a Haydn cycle with Philippe Herreweghe for Phi.
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