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The Seasons
Joseph Haydn

Gabrieli Consort & Players / National Forum of Music Choir / Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra

The Seasons

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212048023
Catnr: SIGCD 480
Release date: 24 March 2017
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Label
Signum Classics
UPC
0635212048023
Catalogue number
SIGCD 480
Release date
24 March 2017

"Paul McCreesh thoroughly dust the Seasons"

De Gelderlander, 31-5-2017
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About the album

The Gabrieli Consort continue their series of award-winning collaborations with the National Forum of Music, Wroclaw, 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, 8 horns and a choir of 70. As well as the combined forces of the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Wroclaw 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 physical and digital booklet texts are provided in both English and Polish translations.
De eerste opname van Die Jahreszeiten met een grote bezetting
Het Gabrieli Consort zet zijn bekroonde serie in samenwerking met het National Forum of Music in Wroclaw voort met een nieuwe versie van Haydns grootse oratorium, Die Jahreszeiten, in een levendige Engelse vertaling van Paul McCreesh.

Dit is de eerste opname waarin gebruik wordt gemaakt van de grote orkestbezetting waar Haydn graag een beroep op deed, waaronder 60 strijkers, acht hoorns, en een koor bestaande uit 70 zangers, waardoor Haydns prachtige zwanenzang net zo klinkt als in het 18e-eeuwse Wenen.

Naast de gebundelde krachten van het Gabrieli Consort & Players, Wroclaw Baroque Orchestra en National Forum of Music Choir bevat de opname solo’s van de Britse zangers Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden en Andrew Foster-Williams.

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Gabrieli Consort & Players

Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.
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Gabrieli are world-renowned interpreters of great vocal and instrumental repertoire, from the Renaissance to the present day. Founded by Paul McCreesh in 1982, Gabrieli have both outgrown and remained true to their original identity: whilst the ensemble’s repertoire has expanded beyond any expectation, McCreesh’s ever-questioning spirit, expressive musicianship and a healthy degree of iconoclasm remain constant and are reflected in the ensemble’s dynamic performances. Gabrieli’s repertoire includes major works of the oratorio tradition, virtuosic a cappella programmes and mould-breaking reconstructions of music for historical events. Above all, Gabrieli aims to create thought-provoking performances which stand out from the crowd.


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Paul McCreesh (conductor)

Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible. McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations...
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Paul McCreesh is the founder and Artistic Director of the Gabrieli Consort & Players which he established in 1982 and with whom he has toured world-wide and made many award-winning recordings. McCreesh is well-known for the energy and passion that he brings to his music-making, and he is especially enthusiastic about working with young musicians, broadening access to classical music. He works regularly with youth orchestras and choirs and is active in building new educational initiatives whenever possible.
McCreesh has conducted many of the major orchestras and choirs across the globe, including the Leipzig Gewandhaus, Bergen Philharmonic, Royal Northern Sinfonia, Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony, Hong Kong Philharmonic, Sydney Symphony, Verbier Festival Orchestra and Berlin Konzerthausorchester. McCreesh also enjoys regular and ongoing collaborations with Saint Paul and Basel Chamber Orchestras. In 2018-19 he conducts Elgar and Brahms for Kammerakademie Potsdam, Mendelssohn and Britten for Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, and Handel for Symphonique de Montréal, alongside appearances with Filharmonia Poznanska and MDR Radio Symphony.
From 2013-2016 he was Principal Conductor and Artistic Adviser of the Gulbenkian Orchestra (Lisbon) with whom he conducted a wide range of music from the classical period through the 19th and 20th centuries, focusing in particular on symphonic repertoire, oratorio and opera in concert, working closely with the world-renowned Gulbenkian Choir.
McCreesh has established a strong reputation in the opera house and has conducted productions at the Teatro Real Madrid, Royal Danish Opera, Opera Comique, Vlaamse Opera and at the Verbier Festival. Most recently he conducted Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Bergen Opera, and returned to Vlaamse Opera for a production of Idomeneo.
In 2011 McCreesh launched his own record label, Winged Lion, in collaboration with the Gabrieli Consort & Players, Signum Classics and the Wratislavia Cantans Festival, where he was Artistic Director from 2006-2012. To date they have made ten recordings, most recently A Rose Magnificat, music dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary from the Renaissance to the present day, released in May 2018 and lauded by critics: “Captivating … imaginative … ambitious” (Financial Times), “the superlative Gabrieli Consort give a formidably encompassing performance” (BBC Music Magazine), “pristine: carefully balanced and always cleanly tuned” (Gramophone). Other highlights include Haydn The Seasons, Britten War Requiem (BBC Music Magazine Award 2014), Mendelssohn Elijah (Diapason d’Or Award 2013), Berlioz’s gargantuan Grande Messe des Morts (BBC Award 2012), and a reworking of his earlier Gabrieli disc, A New Venetian Coronation 1595 (Gramophone Award 2013).

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Composer(s)

Joseph Haydn

(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets 'Father of the Symphony' and 'Father of the String Quartet'.   Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, 'forced to become original'. Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.   He was a friend and mentor of Mozart,...
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(Franz) Joseph Haydn was a prolific Austrian composer of the Classical period. He was instrumental in the development of chamber music such as the piano trio and his contributions to musical form have earned him the epithets "Father of the Symphony" and "Father of the String Quartet".
Haydn spent much of his career as a court musician for the wealthy Esterházy family at their remote estate. Until the later part of his life, this isolated him from other composers and trends in music so that he was, as he put it, "forced to become original". Yet his music circulated widely and for much of his career he was the most celebrated composer in Europe.
He was a friend and mentor of Mozart, a teacher of Beethoven, with whom he formed the First Viennese School. He was also the older brother of composer Michael Haydn.

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Press

Paul McCreesh thoroughly dust the Seasons
De Gelderlander, 31-5-2017

Again, a musical hit by McCreesh.
Trouw, 26-5-2017

Even in massive eruptions, McCreesh and his armed forces know how to keep the sound clear.
Klassieke zaken, 26-5-2017

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Disc #1
01.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Introduction & Accompagnato: See Winter, Stern and Gloomy, Flees
05:58
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Jeremy Ovenden, Carolyn Sampson, Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Players, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
02.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Chorus: Come, gentle Spring!
03:21
(Franz Joseph Haydn) National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
03.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Recitative: From Aries Shines the Bright'ning Sun
00:32
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
04.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Song: With Eagerness the Countryman Sets Forth
03:18
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
05.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Recitative: The Countryman has Paid his Dues
00:34
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
06.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Chorus with Solos: Heav'n be gracious, Heav'n be Bounteous
05:38
(Franz Joseph Haydn) National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
07.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Recitative & Accompagnato: Our fervent pray’rs are heard
00:58
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
08.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Spring: Duet: O what charming sights delight us
10:29
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Carolyn Sampson, National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
09.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Introduction & Accompagnato: In darkness shrouded
03:55
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
10.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Song: The wakeful herdsman
02:52
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
11.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Chorus with Solos: Behold the Sun!
04:52
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Gabrieli Consort, National Forum of Music Choir, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
12.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Recitative: The village lads and lasses
01:52
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
13.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Cavatina: Exhausted Nature, fainting, sinks
05:09
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
14.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Accompagnato: How welcome now, ye shady groves!
03:59
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
15.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Song: How refreshing to the senses
04:16
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
16.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Recitative: Behold, arising through the sultry air
02:08
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
17.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Summer: Chorus With Solos: Ah! The storm approaches near!
07:48
(Franz Joseph Haydn) National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players

Disc #2
01.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Introduction, Accompagnato & Recitative: That which Spring has promis’d
02:23
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
02.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Trio: Thus Nature rewards our toil!
05:34
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
03.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Recitative: See how a bunch of eager lads
01:11
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
04.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Duet: Fine ladies of the town
07:43
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
05.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Recitative: On ravag’d hills
00:56
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
06.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Song: See lo on yonder open field
03:05
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Gabrieli Players, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra
07.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Recitative & Accompagnato: A tight’ning circle of hunters
00:37
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
08.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Chorus: Hark, hear the sounds of the chase
04:05
(Franz Joseph Haydn) National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
09.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Recitative: On vines, the grapes are glistening
01:01
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
10.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Autumn: Chorus: Drink up, drink up, the wine is here!
06:34
(Franz Joseph Haydn) National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
11.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Introduction & Accompagnato: The jaded year now fades away
05:28
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
12.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Cavatina: Light and life are enfeebl’d
02:04
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
13.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Recitative & Accompagnato: The lake lies lock’d in frosty grip
02:01
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
14.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Song: The wand’rer stands perplex’d
03:51
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
15.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Recitative & Accompagnato: And drawing near the welcome sight
01:07
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
16.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Song with Chorus: Whirring, whirring, whirring!
02:46
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
17.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Recitative: Now the flax has all been spun
00:23
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Jeremy Ovenden, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
18.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Song with Chorus: A noble squire, of great renown
03:44
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Carolyn Sampson, National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
19.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Recitative: And from the east there blows an icy blast
00:53
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
20.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Song & Accompagnato: Consider then, misguided man
04:44
(Franz Joseph Haydn) Andrew Foster-Williams, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
21.
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3: Winter: Double Chorus with Solos: Then dawns that morn so glorious
05:13
(Franz Joseph Haydn) National Forum of Music Choir, Gabrieli Consort, Wrocław Baroque Orchestra, Gabrieli Players
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