Notes & 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. 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.
American Record Guide, September / October 2012
This is the only recorded Seasons that boasts Fritz Wunderlich among its soloists, and that alone could stir some interest. Whether frolicking among the lambs in spring, languishing under the blazing summer sun, falling in love during the autumn harvest, or becoming lost in a wintry snowstorm, Wunderlich is a tenor for all seasons. His story-telling is vivid, and his tone gleams through each agrarian montage of Haydn's musical year.
Recording information: Schwetzinger Schloss, Rokokotheater (05/24/1959).
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Works DetailsHaydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons
- Performers: Keith Engen (Voice); Agnes Giebel (Soprano); Fritz Wunderlich
- Conductor: Hans Müller-Kray
- Ensemble: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
- Notes: Composition written: 1801.
- Running Time: 75 min. 36 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1801