Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten

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LABELS: Philips Duo
WORKS: Die Jahreszeiten
PERFORMER: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Edith Mathis, Siegfried Jerusalem; Academy & Chorus of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner
CATALOGUE NO: 438 715-2 ADD (1981)
This thoroughly enjoyable reissue will be an attraction for those with limited budgets looking for a good recording of Haydn’s last oratorio, The Seasons. The soloists are, of course, world-class and the performance is first-rate, with a well trained chorus and a lean-sounding orchestra, unlush and happily unsentimental. The recording holds up very well. At full price there is a brilliant, period-instrument recording with Gardiner, and an excellent one recently made in Chicago by Solti and, if you want the work in English, the standard version by Colin Davis. HC Robbins Landon