Haydn - The Seasons | Signum SIGCD480

Haydn - The Seasons

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Label: Signum

Cat No: SIGCD480

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th March 2017

Contents

Artists

Carolyn Sampson
Jeremy Ovenden
Andrew Foster-Williams
Gabrieli Consort & Players
National Forum of Music Choir
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

Works

Haydn, Franz Joseph

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

Artists

Carolyn Sampson
Jeremy Ovenden
Andrew Foster-Williams
Gabrieli Consort & Players
National Forum of Music Choir
Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra

Conductor

Paul McCreesh

About

The Gabrieli Consort continue their series of award-winning collaborations with the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland with a new version of Haydn’s great oratorio The Seasons. Using a new performing edition by Paul McCreesh this recording is the first to feature the large orchestral forces that Haydn called for, including a string section of 60, 8 horns and a choir of 70. As well as the combined forces of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and National Forum of Music Choir, the recording features solo performances from British singers Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams.

Reviews

What emphatically sets this Seasons apart from all previous recordings, whatever the language, is the scale. As on his Gramophone Award-winning Creation (Archiv, 3/06), McCreesh replicates the forces of the public premiere, pitting a chorus of around 75 against a superb period-instrument orchestra of 100-plus. ... While the best German-language versions (with Jacobs my own favourite) are not displaced, McCreesh and his massed Anglo-Polish forces have given us a Seasons that thrillingly catches both the work’s bucolic exhilaration and its invocations of the sublime. And for sheer sonic splendour it’s in a class of its own.  Richard Wigmore
Gramophone May 2017
Following his success with The Creation, Paul McCreesh has now recorded the last of Haydn’s great oratorios – The Seasons. And the performance matches the high standards of McCreesh’s previous grand choral projects. ... McCreesh revels in Haydn’s masterly skills... The choir’s tone is full-bodied yet never heavy... And the distinctive characters of the period instruments meet every requirement as the seasons change and the orchestral colours with them: the uproarious horns (ten of them!) for the drinking song are positively riotous.  George Hall (Recording of the Month)
BBC Music Magazine June 2017
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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