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Haydn: The Seasons / Persson, Ovenden, Foster-Williams, Davis

Haydn / Persson / Ovenden / Lso / Lscr / Davis
Release Date: 06/14/2011 
Label:  Lso Live   Catalog #: 708   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Andrew Foster-WilliamsJeremy OvendenMiah Persson
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony OrchestraLondon Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Following the success of Die Schöpfung (The Creation), which had swiftly gained popularity throughout Europe, Haydn’s librettist Baron Gottfried van Swieten suggested another project, based on James Thomson’s pastoral epic, The Seasons. One of Haydn’s last major works, Die Jahreszeiten depicts the yearly cycle of life in the countryside through the eyes of three peasants, providing us with music of thrilling vitality and creativity.

***** Editor’s Choice "Colin Davis is alive to every nuance of Haydn’s late masterpiece. The conductor’s lightness of touch allows the music to flow like quicksilver … The soloists are also on beguiling form … Sir Colin, revelling in his glorious Indian summer with the LSO, points
Read more heavenwards in this visionary reading of Haydn’s late masterpiece." – Classic FM Magazine

“The sun had been shining all Sunday, but the LSO and Chorus had their own fount of light and life on hand; Colin Davis, injecting even more joy into Haydn’s last oratorio. It was happiness that above all characterised Davis’s ruddy-cheeked, rhythmically precise performance. In this monument to the Enlightenment, enlightenment began with the choice of soloists. Miah Persson, Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams each had their own timbre, but stayed united in expressive clarity. The crowning glory was the London Symphony Chorus. With secure pitch, continuous glee and warmth they pounced upon everything that Haydn bequeathed” – The Times
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Works on This Recording

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The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Andrew Foster-Williams (Bass Baritone), Jeremy Ovenden (Tenor), Miah Persson (Soprano)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  London Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria 

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