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Read our exclusive interview with Paul McCreesh about the recording here, and Katherine's full review of the disc here.
The Gabrieli Consort continue their series of award-winning collaborations with the National Forum of Music, Wrocław, Poland with a new version of Haydn’s great oratorio The Seasons. Using a new performing edition by Paul McCreesh this recording is the first to feature the large orchestral forces that Haydn called for, including a string section of 60, 10 horns and a choir of 70. As well as the combined forces of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra and National Forum of Music Choir, the recording features solo performances from British singers Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden and Andrew Foster-Williams.
All booklet texts are printed in both English and Polish translations.
Franz Joseph Haydn: The Seasons, Hob.XXI:3
Spring: No. 1, See Winter, Stern and Gloomy, Flees (Introduction & Accompagnato)
Spring: No. 2, Come, Gentle Spring! (Chorus)
Spring: No. 3, From Aries Shines the Bright'ning Sun (Recitative)
Spring: No. 4, With Eagerness the Countryman Sets Forth (Song)
Spring: No. 5, The Countryman has Paid his Dues (Recitative)
Spring: No. 6, Heav'n be Gracious, Heav'n be Bounteous (Chorus with Solos)
Autumn: No. 20, See How a Bunch of Eager Lads (Recitative)
Autumn: No. 21, Fine Ladies of the Town (Duet)
Autumn: No. 22, On Ravag’d Hills (Recitative)
Autumn: No. 23, See Lo on Yonder Open Field (Song)
Autumn: No. 24, A Tight’ning Circle of Hunters (Recitative & Accompaniment)
Autumn: No. 25, Hark, Hear the Sounds of the Chase (Chorus)
Autumn: No. 26, On Vines, the Grapes are Glistening (Recitative)
Autumn: No. 27, Drink Up, Drink Up, the Wine is Here! (Chorus)
Winter: No. 28, The Jaded Year Now Fades Away (Introduction & Accompaniment)
Winter: No. 29, Light and Life are Enfeebl’d (Cavatina)
Winter: No. 30, The Lake Lies Lock’d in Frosty Grip (Recitative & Accompaniment)
Winter: No. 31, The Wand’rer Stands Perplex’d (Aria)
Winter: No. 32, And Drawing Near the Welcome Sight (Recitative & Accompaniment)
Winter: No. 33, Whirring, Whirring, Whirring! (Song with Chorus)
Winter: No. 34, Now the Flax has all been Spun (Recitative)
Winter: No. 35, A Noble Squire, of Great Renown (Song with Chorus)
Winter: No. 36, And From the East there Blows an Icy Blast (Recitative)
Winter: No. 37, Consider then, Misguided Man (Song & Accompaniment)
Winter: No. 38, Then Dawns that Morn so Glorious (Double Chorus with Solos)
24th March 2017
“McCreesh’s new translation is a triumph, and will surely have an illustrious career beyond this recording...One of the great joys of this set is the huge dynamic and emotional range afforded by the expanded forces – the introspective recitatives are, in their way, as spine-tingling as the 70-strong chorus belting out their lusty paeans to wine, women and weather.”