s Die Jahreszeiten – Collegium Vocale Gent

Collegium Vocale Gent


09/04/2013 — 19:00
Teatro Comunale | Modena | BE

Joseph HAYDN (1732-1809):
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons)

Christina Landshamer _soprano_
Maximilian Schmitt _tenor_
Florian Boesch _bass_

*Collegium Vocale Gent*
Orchestre des Champs-Élysées
Philippe Herreweghe

Die Jahreszeiten

_Die Jahreszeiten_

In Haydn’s _the Seasons_, it is not nature itself that takes centre stage, but rather man’s relationship to a natural world in which God is universally manifested. For some, its charming simplicity is the reason why Joseph Haydn’s four-movement oratorio from 1801 remains less popular than _Die Schöpfung_. In any case, it’s not the lovely music: the vivid language of Baron van Swieten’s rendering of James Thomson’s successful poem proved a real gold mine for Haydn. In this tonal representation of various animals and natural phenomena, he shows himself to be a true romantic avant la lettre.