Haydn: The Seasons

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COMPOSERS: Haydn
LABELS: DG Double
WORKS: The Seasons
PERFORMER: Gundula Janowitz (soprano), Peter Schreier (tenor), Martti Talvela (bass); Chorus of the Vienna Singverein, Vienna SO/Karl Böhm
CATALOGUE NO: 437 940-2 ADD (1967)
This has become perhaps the classic recording of Haydn’s late oratorio The Seasons (1801). Böhm was not known as an interpreter of Haydn, but the few discs he made were first-rate (Symphony No. 88, etc), and The Seasons is remarkable by any standards: top-class soloists, a recording that has held up remarkably and a vigorous, splendid reading. And at a bargain price, how can you lose? HC Robbins Landon

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