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In April 2012, the Schwetzingen Festival celebrates its 60th birthday. On this occasion, a very special oratorio recording from the festival's early years has been selected - a vintage performance of Haydn's "The Seasons", featuring the immortal Fritz Wunderlich!
Haydn wrote his oratorio "The Seasons" between the years 1799 and 1800. The work is based on the poem "The Seasons" by James Thomson in the German translation of the Baron van Swieten. The contemporary descriptions of nature and genre scenes are a work of perfection, insuring the composition's enduring popularity.
This early festival recording is a true time-capsule, recorded on May 24th, 1959 featuring in addition to
Wunderlich, the vocal artistry of Agnes Giebel, and Kieth Engen, who together bring Haydn's secular oratorio to vivid life.
Works on This Recording
The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Agnes Giebel (Soprano),
Kieth Engen (Bass),
Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,
Stuttgart Radio Chorus
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 1959
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