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JC Smith: The Seasons [Double CD]

John Christopher Smith , Wolfgang Riedelbauch , La Banda , Emma Kirkby , Tim Mead , et al. Audio CD
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  • Performer: Emma Kirkby, Tim Mead, Markus Simon, Festivalchor Musica Franconia
  • Orchestra: La Banda
  • Conductor: Wolfgang Riedelbauch
  • Composer: John Christopher Smith
  • Audio CD (10 Mar 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Christophorus
  • ASIN: B00I61530M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,546 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Seasons: SinfoniaWolfgang Riedelbauch 2:530.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Seasons: Sinfonia: LarghettoWolfgang Riedelbauch 3:000.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Seasons: The seasons, as they change (Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 3:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Seasons: The Spring: SinfoniaWolfgang Riedelbauch 3:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Seasons: The Spring, Recitative: Forth in the pleasing Spring (Soprano)Emma Kirkby0:130.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Seasons: The Spring, Air: Wide glow the fields (Soprano)Emma Kirkby 4:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Seasons: Summer: PastoraleWolfgang Riedelbauch 1:290.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Seasons: Summer, Recitative: Then comes Thy glory (Tenor)Wolfgang Riedelbauch0:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Seasons: Summer, Air: And oft Thy Voice (Tenor, Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 5:170.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Seasons: Autumn: SinfoniaWolfgang Riedelbauch 1:390.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Seasons: Autumn, Recitative: A yellow floating pomp (Alto)Wolfgang Riedelbauch0:120.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Seasons: Autumn, Air: Thrown from Thy lap (Alto)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 4:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Seasons: Autumn, Air: In Winter dreadful Thou (Bass)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 1:420.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Seasons: Autumn, Air: On the whirlwinds' wing (Bass)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 2:380.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Seasons: Autumn, Air: Mysterious sound! (Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 3:400.59  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. The Seasons: Nature, attend (Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 3:320.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Seasons: Air: To Him, ye gales (Soprano)Emma Kirkby 3:190.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. The Seasons: Oh talk of Him in solitary glooms (Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 2:010.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Seasons: Accompanied: And ye, whose bolder note (Tenor)Wolfgang Riedelbauch0:490.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Seasons: Air: His praise, ye brooks, attune (Soprano)Emma Kirkby 2:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Seasons: TrioWolfgang Riedelbauch 2:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Seasons: Ye headlong torrents (Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 1:240.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Seasons: Recitative: Roll up your incense (Bass)Wolfgang Riedelbauch0:250.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The Seasons: Air: Ye Forests bend (Bass)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 3:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Seasons: RecitativeWolfgang Riedelbauch0:190.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. The Seasons: Air: Ye that keep watch in heaven (Alto)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 7:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Seasons: Accompanied: Great source of day (Soprano)Emma Kirkby0:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Seasons: Duet: The thunder rolls (Soprano, Alto)Emma Kirkby 5:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. The Seasons: Recitative: Bleat out afresh (Tenor, Bass)Wolfgang Riedelbauch0:410.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The Seasons: Air: For the Great Shepherd reigns (Tenor)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 5:020.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. The Seasons: Accompanied: Ye woodlands all, awake (Soprano)Emma Kirkby0:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The Seasons: Air: Sweetest of birds (Soprano)Emma Kirkby 8:49Album Only
Listen18. The Seasons: Recitative: Ye chief (Tenor)Wolfgang Riedelbauch0:180.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. The Seasons: Crown the great hymn (Chorus)Wolfgang Riedelbauch 4:030.59  Buy MP3 

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60 years before Joseph Haydn, the German composer John Christopher Smith wrote an oratorio about the seasons, also based on the epic poem 'The Seasons' by the Scottish poet James Thomson. Smith was born in 1712 in Ansbach as Johann Christoph Schmidt and emigrated with his parents to London, for his father worked as a manager and copyist for George Frederic Handel. Young Smith received his first instruction from the master personally and later became Handel's closest working associate. He helped Handel with his composing and, when his mentor became blind, he directed performances of his oratorios. Smith himself was also a recognised composer who was "highly appreciated by many of the 'first heads' in the Kingdom", as the English music scholar Charles Burney reported. His oratorio about the seasons is an imaginative tone painting in a style which extends beyond the baroque, already introducing elements of the Empfindsamer Stil (Sensitive Style). In particular, Smith's colourful representations of nature ranging from birdsong and the undulations of the forest to icy winter storms are successfully realised. They show that he was far more than just Handel's assistant.

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Oratorio / Emma Kirkby, soprano - Tim Mead, contreténor - Hans Jörg Mammel, ténor - Markus Simon, basse - Festivalchor Musica Franconia - La Banda - Wolfgang Riedelbauch, direction

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating Oratorio by Handel's pupil and rival. 16 April 2014
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This is a live recording made in Nuremberg of an English Oratorio by John Christopher Smith, who with his parents followed Handel to London when he was eight years old. The boy became a pupil of the great man, a talented viola player and teacher and eventually a composer and friendly rival of Handel himself. The Seasons was written a year before Messiah, and over sixty years before Haydn's Oratorio with the same name and it's libretto is taken from Hymn on the Seasons by the Scottish poet James Thomson. The music is fascinating and colourful, naturally owing much to Handel, but also looking forward to Haydn and the later Enlightenment and showing what a civilised composer Smith was in his own right. For me, the second half of the Oratorio comprising Autumn and Winter has the most inspired music and the most effective performance in this recording. The soloists are led by Emma Kirkby, still amazingly flexible of voice at the age of 63. Her brilliant duetting with counter tenor Tim Mead in "The Thunder Rolls"(Cd2 Track 13) is worth the price of the CDs alone. The tenor is rather throaty for my taste and the bass is more than adequate. The period instrument La Banda play with vitality, though sometimes, especially in the first two parts, there is some rather sour string tone. The Festival Choir Franconia are rather woolly sounding in places, and their English diction is not always clear. None of these reservations should prevent anyone enjoying this unjustly neglected work by a fine composer who has lived in the shadow of Handel for so long.
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