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  • Performer: Miah Persson, Jeremy Ovenden, Andrew Foster-Williams
  • Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra, London Symphony Chorus
  • Conductor: Colin Davis
  • Composer: Josef Haydn
  • Audio CD (30 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Hybrid SACD, Live
  • Label: LSO Live
  • ASIN: B004YESLF4
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 131,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For the unmistakable mark of Sir Colin Davis alone, and a performance under his direction of Haydn's extensive oratorio The Seasons that oozes operatic exuberance and nature-fed optimism at its broadest level, this latest LSO Live disc is genuinely attractive. --The Scotsman (UK)

Davis s success with Haydn s oratorio is not surprising. His orchestra plays a lean, clean sound, Davis managing a judicious balance between the strings and the nicely prominent brass ... special kudos to the London Symphony horn section, which does bang-up work in the hunting chorus ... overall, there s character and spirit to the solo singing, as there is to the performance as a whole ... Davis s Die Jahreszeiten can compete with the best versions available --Audiophile Audition (US)

If you know Colin Davis s Philips recording from the late Sixties, you ll know it s considered something of a classic ... [but this recording is] striking about how well paced it seems, decidedly brisk at times giving little away to some of its period instrument competitors. Yet Davis always knows when to broaden, when to mellow and how to allow Haydn s vivid musical imagination to come through clearly. A fine trio of soloists ... Soprano Miah Persson fresh as a daisy, Bass Andrew Foster-Williams who has the rock solid depths of tone that Haydn seeks ... Jeremy Ovenden who brings a similar eloquence and expressivity to Haydn --BBC Radio 3 CD Review

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By tmoklc on 9 Jun. 2011
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For The Seasons, Haydn was more adventurous than ever before in terms of harmony and instrumentation. Written when the composer was almost seventy years old, the work is something really quite special. Pastoral scenes are depicted through a mass of forces combining soloists, chorus and orchestra. This recording is captivating, with all the elements of the oratorio awarded due precision. The young vocal talent is also a perk - Miah Persson shines. Sir Colin Davis and the LSO are once again triumphant with a release of exceptional quality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John on 13 July 2011
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I loved this excellent recording which contains Miah Persson's beautiful, expressive singing ,Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten / The Seasons (LSO / Davis)and a masterful performance of Haydn's compositional intentions by Colin Davies and the LSO and Chorus.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A lively trip back to Haydn in the 1970s 30 Aug. 2011
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This lively, highly enjoyable recording of Haydn's "The Seasons" (sung in German) has passed unnoticed here at Amazon. It has two things going against it to begin with: period performances have taken Haydn over and drive out traditional readings, and more significantly, there is much public enthusiasm for the work itself. Haydn put abundant charm into the score, but the topic of the four seasons has dwindle in interest. James Thomason's poem enjoyed tremendous poularity at the time, and I imagine any number of cultivated critics would have predicted that his epic scene painting would survive long after fluttering nobodies like Byron, Shelley, and Keats were long forgotten. History makes predictions foolish, and in hindsight Haydn was toiling to breathe life into a passive subject that rarely rises above prettiness.

Davis, a longtime champion of Haydn, conducts a reading straight out of the 1970s, if not earlier, stylistically identical to Eugen Jochum's or Karajan's. If you enjoy time travel, everything is in place - spirited conducting, an enthusiastic chorus, and soloists who sing well, if not on a part with Karajan's starry group (the weak ink is a thin, reedy tenor). In conception and execution the reading is large-scaled, a truck barreling down the highway and blowing the HIP bicycles off the road. Nothing is heavy or slow-witted, so if you aren't allergic to traditional music-making, the new Davis set is full of high spirits, more so than Karajan. On balance, I tend to move halfway into period style, and in that vein Neville Marriner made a perfect compromise with his account on Philips, and he has enviable soloists in Edith Mathis, Siegfried Jerusalem, and Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

The only major caveat I can offer has to do with the recorded sound. Although clear and excellent in capturing the orchestra and soloists, the chorus is recessed. It sounds too much like a church choir somewhere in a distant loft. Here's the lineup of performers:

Miah Persson, Jeremy Ovenden & Andrew Foster-Williams

London Symphony Chorus & London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis
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