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Haydn: The Seasons / Muller-Kray, Wunderlich, Engen, Giebel

Haydn / Wunderlich / Engen / Giebel
Release Date: 04/24/2012 
Label:  Hänssler Classic   Catalog #: 93714   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Agnes GiebelKieth EngenFritz Wunderlich
Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony OrchestraStuttgart Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

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
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Works on This Recording

The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Agnes Giebel (Soprano), Kieth Engen (Bass), Fritz Wunderlich (Tenor)
Conductor:  Hans Müller-Kray
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Stuttgart Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 1959 

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