Notes & Reviews:
BBC Music Magazine
... beautifully paced and each season vividly characterised. Barbara Bonney is a sweetly innocent Hanne.
Gramophone Classical Music Guide
The comparative unpopularity of Haydn's The Seasons when considered against The Creation is understandable perhaps, but it isn't all that well deserved. Less exalted its subject and libretto may be, but its depiction of the progress of the year amid the scenes and occupations of the Austrian countryside drew from its composer music of unfailing invention, benign warmth and constant musical-pictoral delights. As usual, Gardiner and his forces turn in disciplined, meticulously professional performances, though the orchestra is slightly larger - and consequently a tiny bit less lucid - than the sort you might nowadays find playing a classical symphony.
The choir, however, performs with great clarity and accuracy, and brings, too, an enjoyable sense of characterisation to their various corporate roles. The soloists all perform with notable poise and intelligence: Barbara Bonney's voice is pure and even, Anthony Rolfe Johnson sounds entirely at ease with the music, and Andreas Schmidt is gentle-voiced but certainly not lacking in substance. A first-class recommendation.
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Works DetailsHaydn, Franz Joseph : The Seasons
- Performers: Andreas Schmidt; Barbara Bonney; Anthony Rolfe Johnson
- Conductor: John Gardiner
- Ensemble: Monteverdi Choir
- Notes: Composition written: 1801.
- Running Time: 117 min. 35 sec.
- Period Time: Classical
- Form: Cantata/Oratorio
- Written: 1801