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Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten - Gundula Janowitz (soprano); Walter Berry (bass); Werner Hollweg (tenor); Deutschen Opernchor Berlin (choir, chorus);...
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  1. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), oratorio, H. 21/3
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Die Jahreszeiten, or The Seasons, is not as well loved as Haydn's other late oratorio, The Creation; here Haydn tried to force pastoral imagery -- by 1801 a set of ideas that had been musically rehashed for centuries -- into his late and in many respects proto-Romantic musical language. He resented, he wrote to a correspondent, having to compose "French trash" at one point in the score that called for frog sounds, and the score contains a menagerie of other rustic creatures and sounds -- shepherds, shepherdesses, horn calls ...

Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten 2006, Warner Classics

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