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Haydn: The Seasons; The Creation / Donath, Kraus, Widmer, Gonnenwein

Release Date: 09/25/2012 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 94384  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Theo AdamPeter SchreierRegina WernerKurt Widmer,   ... 
Conductor:  Helmut KochWolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony OrchestraBerlin Radio SolistenvereinigungBerlin Radio Chorus,   ... 
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Joseph Haydn was not only a prolific orchestral and chamber music writer, but also a fine vocal composer who produced many songs during his extensive career. This 4CD compilation is dedicated to his two powerful choral works, or oratorios – joyous evocations of the world, which stand among the German’s final masterpieces.

The four-disc set begins with The Creation, a work inspired by the gargantuan performances of Messiah and Israel in Egypt that Haydn attended at the 1791 Handel Festival. Drawing on the Book of Genesis, Milton’s Paradise Lost and the Book of Psalms, the oratorio paints a vivid picture of a benevolent, rationally ordered universe and features some of the 18th century’s most harmonically audacious music in the
Read more ‘Representation of Chaos’. It was a hugely popular work in its day and contains many a thrilling moment – something that can also be said of The Seasons. Written in response to the phenomenal success of the former composition, this oratorio embraces an even wider range of images – from storm to stag hunt, wine harvest to songs of Praise to the Almighty. It features a diverse array of styles, such as Viennese Singspiel, and similarly makes use of sophisticated orchestral and harmonic language.

Bursting with vitality and inventive richness, The Creation and The Seasons are hugely optimistic works written by a man who was at the height of his compositional career. Here they are given assured performances by the Süddeutsches Madrigalchor and Orchester der Ludwigsburger Festspiele, one of Europe’s leading ensembles for 18th-century music.

• Comprehensive booklet notes on each work in both English and German.
• Complete sung texts available on www.brilliantclassics.com. Read less

Works on This Recording

The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Theo Adam (Bass), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Regina Werner (Soprano)
Conductor:  Helmut Koch
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Solistenvereinigung,  Berlin Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Kurt Widmer (Bass), Helen Donath (Soprano), Adalbert Kraus (Tenor)
Conductor:  Wolfgang Gönnenwein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ludwigsburg Festival Orchestra,  South German Madrigal Choir Stuttgart
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria 

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