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John Christopher Smith: The Seasons / Mammel, Kirkby, Simon, Mead, Riedelbauch


Release Date: 03/25/2014 
Label:  Christophorus   Catalog #: 77382   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  John Christopher Smith
Performer:  Markus SimonTim MeadHans Jörg MammelEmma Kirkby
Conductor:  Wolfgang Riedelbauch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La BandaMusica Franconia Festival Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

61 years before Haydn's oratorio setting, English composer John Christopher Smith (1712-1795) set to music the epic poem "The Seasons" by Scottish poet James Thomson. Smith's rhythmically crisp and melodically appealing English Baroque style is well-suited to Thomson's colorful depictions of mother nature and the idealized country folk singing together while harvesting their crops. In this work, John Christopher Smith writes imaginative music that places him as a serious composer in the mighty shadow of Handel. - Christophorus 61 years before Haydn's oratorio setting, English composer John Christopher Smith (1712-1795) set to music the epic poem "The Seasons" by Scottish poet James Thomson. Smith's rhythmically crisp and melodically appealing English Baroque style is well-suited to Thomson's colorful depictions of mother nature and the idealized country folk singing together while harvesting their crops. In this work, John Christopher Smith writes imaginative music that places him as a serious composer in the mighty shadow of Handel. - Christophorus Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
The Seasons by John Christopher Smith
Performer:  Markus Simon (), Tim Mead (Countertenor), Hans Jörg Mammel (Tenor),
Emma Kirkby (Soprano)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Riedelbauch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  La Banda,  Musica Franconia Festival Chorus

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