Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons)

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
If one were to encounter this fine performance in the concert hall, one would surely enjoy it while it was happening and retain pleasant memories of it after it ended. Morten Schuldt-Jensen is clearly a talented choral conductor, and under his skillful direction, the Gewandhaus-Kinderchor sings with much energy and more enthusiasm. Tonally sweet soprano Sibylla Rubens, technically solid tenor Andreas Karasiak, and interpretatively commanding bass Stephan MacLeod sing with much fire and more fervor. The Leipziger Kammerorchester is a capable if distinctly on the small-side ensemble and it plays with much persuasiveness, if somewhat more professionalism. However, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
If one were to encounter this fine performance in the concert hall, one would surely enjoy it while it was happening and retain pleasant memories of it after it ended. Morten Schuldt-Jensen is clearly a talented choral conductor, and under his skillful direction, the Gewandhaus-Kinderchor sings with much energy and more enthusiasm. Tonally sweet soprano Sibylla Rubens, technically solid tenor Andreas Karasiak, and interpretatively commanding bass Stephan MacLeod sing with much fire and more fervor. The Leipziger Kammerorchester is a capable if distinctly on the small-side ensemble and it plays with much persuasiveness, if somewhat more professionalism. However, encountering this performance in a recording, one would have the opportunity to pick nits in the playing -- the Kammerorchester is not always exactly together with the Kinderchor -- and find fault with the singing -- Rubens does tend toward the saccharine and MacLeod does lean toward the stolid. Worse, one would also have the opportunity to compare it with the great recordings of the past -- Karl Böhm's deeply human and profoundly spiritual performance on DG with the clarion Gundula Janowitz, the heroic Peter Schreier, the magnificent Martti Talvela, the superlative Wiener Singverein, and the not-quite-in-the-same-league-as-the-Wiener-Philharmoniker-but-still-superb Wiener Symphoniker immediately come to mind -- and, unfortunately, a fine performance cannot stand up to a transcendent performance. Naxos' sound is typically clean, but no cleaner than DG's, and a whole lot less evocative.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Naxos
  • UPC: 747313260027
  • Catalog Number: 8557600
  • Sales rank: 260,551

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–43 Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, H. 21/3 - Franz Joseph Haydn & Gewandhaus Children's Chorus (130:27)
    Composed byFranz Joseph Haydn
    Conducted byMorten Schuldt-Jensen
    Performed byGewandhaus Children's Chorus, Stephan MacLeod, Sibylla Rubens, Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Andreas Karasiak, Leipzig Chamber Orchestra
    1. 1Spring. Introduction & Recitative. Seht, wie der stregne Winter flieht
    2. 2Spring. Chorus. Komm, holder Lenz!
    3. 3Spring. Recitative. Vom Widder strahlet jetzt
    4. 4Spring. Aria. Schon eilet froh der Ackermann
    5. 5Spring. Recitative. Der Landmann hat sein Werk vollbracht
    6. 6Spring. Soloists & Chorus. Bittgesang / Sei nun gnädig, milder Himmel
    7. 7Spring. Recitative. Erhört ist unser Flehn
    8. 8Spring. Trio & Chorus. Freudenlied, mit abwechseldem Chor der Jugend / O wie lieblich ist der Anbli
    9. 9Spring. Soloists & Chorus. Ewiger, mächtiger
    10. 10Summer. Recitative. In grauem Schleier rückt heran
    11. 11Summer. Aria & Recitative. Der muntre Hirt versammelt nun / Die Morgenröte bricht hervor
    12. 12Summer. Soloists & Chorus. Sie steigt herauf, die Sonne
    13. 13Summer. Recitative. Nun regt und bewegt sich alles umher
    14. 14Summer. Recitative. Die Mittagssonne brennet jetzt
    15. 15Summer. Cavatina. Dem Druck' erlieget die Natur
    16. 16Summer. Recitative. Willkommen jetzt, o dunkler Hain
    17. 17Summer. Aria. Welche Labung für die Sinne
    18. 18Summer. Recitative. O seht, es steiget in der schwülen Luft
    19. 19Summer. Chorus. Ach! Das Ungewitter naht
    20. 20Summer. Soloists & Chorus. Die düstren Wolken trennen sich
    21. 21Autumn. Overture & Recitative. Was durch seine Blüte der Lenz
    22. 22Autumn. Recitative. Den reichen Vorrat führt er nun
    23. 23Autumn. Terzetto & Chorus. So lohnet die Natur den Fleiß
    24. 24Autumn. Recitative. Seht, wie zum Haselbusche dort
    25. 25Autumn. Duet. Ihr Schönen aus der Stadt, kommt her
    26. 26Autumn. Recitative. Nun zeiget das entblößte Feld
    27. 27Autumn. Aria. Seht auf die breiten Wiesen hin
    28. 28Autumn. Recitative. Hier ein dichter Kreis die Hasen
    29. 29Autumn. Chorus. Hört das laute Getön
    30. 30Autumn. Recitative. Am Rebenstocke blinket jetzt
    31. 31Autumn. Chorus. Juhhe, juhhe! Der Wein ist da
    32. 32Winter. Overture
    33. 33Winter. Recitative. Nun senket sich das blasse Jahr
    34. 34Winter. Cavatina. Licht und Leben sing geschwächet
    35. 35Winter. Recitative. Gefesselt steht der breite See
    36. 36Winter. Aria. Hier steht der Wandrer nun
    37. 37Winter. Recitative. So wie er nacht, schallt in sein Ohr
    38. 38Winter. Soloist & Chorus. Knurre, schunrre, Rädchen, knurre
    39. 39Winter. Recitative. Abgesponnen ist der Flachs
    40. 40Winter. Song & Chorus. Ein Mädchen, das auf Ehre hielt
    41. 41Winter. Recitative. Vom dürren Oste dringt
    42. 42Winter. Aria & Recitative. Erblicke hier, betörter Mensch / Sie bliebt allein und leitet uns
    43. 43Winter. Soloists & Chorus. Dann bricht der große Morgen an
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Performance Credits
Leipzig Chamber Orchestra Primary Artist
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