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Haydn: The Seasons / Davis, Harper, Shirley-Quirk


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 464034   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Heather HarperJohn Shirley-QuirkMauritz SillemRyland Davies
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony OrchestraBBC Symphony Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

For years The Seasons lay under the shadow of The Creation, whose triumphant first performances had the Viennese nobility jumping with excitement. Whereas The Creation was worshipped in France, England, Germany, Holland, Sweden and Russia, The Seasons, performed in Vienna in 1801, was never even given a hearing in London during Haydn’s lifetime. As the 20th century draws to its close, I notice that The Seasons is becoming a much-loved and much-recorded work: apart from these two versions, the CD catalogue boasts half a dozen others, including performances by Karajan, Böhm and Harnoncourt...

Davis’s breezy performance has excellent soloists... The original records date from 1968, and feature some elegant playing from
Read more Maurits Sillem, who uses a fortepiano for the recitatives. The whole is very English-sounding (and not just the words), but in defence of this approach it might be said that The Seasons was adapted by Haydn’s friend and patron, Baron van Swieten, from Thomson’s celebrated poem. There is outstanding recitative singing at the outset of Summer from Ryland Davies, and the horn solo by Alan Civil (not named) in No. 10 is superb. A very successful set, and many will prefer the English text and the lighter approach.

-- H.C. Robbins Landon, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

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The Seasons, H 21 no 3 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Heather Harper (Soprano), John Shirley-Quirk (Baritone), Mauritz Sillem (Fortepiano),
Ryland Davies (Tenor)
Conductor:  Sir Colin Davis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1799-1801; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 07/1968 
Venue:  Watford Town Hall, London, England 
Length: 138 Minutes 51 Secs. 
Language: English 

Sound Samples

Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: Introduction - "Behold where surly winter flies"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "Come, gentle spring"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "At last the bounteous sun"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "With joy th'impatient husbandman"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "Laborious man hath done his part"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "Be propitious"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "Our fervent prayers are heard"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "Spring, her lovely charms unfolding"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 1. Spring: "God of light!"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: Introduction - "Her face in dewy veil conceal'd" - "From out the fold the shepherd drives"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "The sun ascends"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Now swarms the village"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "'Tis noon, and now direct"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Distressful nature fainting sinks"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Oh welcome now, ye shady groves!"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Oh how pleasing to the senses"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Behold! Slow settling o'er the lurid grove"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Hark! The deep tremendous voice"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 2. Summer: "Now cease the conflicts fierce of winds"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: Introduction
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "What by varied blossoms"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "Thus nature, ever kind, rewards"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "Behold, now to the hazel woods"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "Ye gay and painted fair, oh come"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "Lo! Where the plenteous harvest wav'd"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "Behold, along the dewy grass"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "Here ever closing rings compel" - "Hark! Hark! The mountains resound"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 3. Autumn: "The vineyard now its wealth displays" - "Joyful, joyful the liquor flows"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: Introduction
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "Now sinks the pale declining year"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "Light and life in sadness languish"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "A crystal pavement lies the lake"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "The trav'ler stands perplex'd"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "As he draws nigh, as yet appall'd" - "Let the wheel move gaily"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "The ev'ning task is now perform'd"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "A wealthy lord, who long had lov'd"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "From out the east there darts"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "Consider this, misguided man"
Die Jahreszeiten - Hob. XXI:3 / 4. Winter: "Then breaks that great and glorious day"

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