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The Beecham Collection: Joseph Haydn – The Seasons

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Ben Horsfall, a violinist who played under Beecham in the Hallé Orchestra, recalled: Haydn was among the composers Beecham “relished” and went onto say … whether Haydn was an eighteenth century Beecham or Beecham a twentieth century Haydn I don’t know but they were kindred spirits.

SIR THOMAS BEECHAM, Bart., C.H.
Beecham Choral Society, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Elsie Morison, Nancy, soprano
Alexander Young, Lucas, tenor
Michael Langdon, Simon, bass

“There is always satisfaction to be taken in Beecham’s Haydn…” MusicWeb

Released in collaboration with the Sir Thomas Beecham Trust in support of the Scholarship Fund.

On This Recording

  1. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Overture
  2. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Recitative: O see where cruel Winter (Simon)
  3. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Come, gentle Spring! (Chorus)
  4. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Recitative: From Aries rolls at last (Simon)
  5. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Air: Now fairly runs the farmer’s boy (Simon)
  6. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Recitative: The farmer has his work acheived (Lukas)
  7. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Be now gracious, smiling heaven! (Nancy, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
  8. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Recitative: Now heard are all our prayers (Nancy)
  9. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: O how lovely gleams (Nancy, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
  10. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Spring: Ageless! Powerful! Bountiful God! (Chorus, Nancy, Lukas, Simon)
  11. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Recitative: In dove-grey mantle (Lukas)
  12. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Air: The lively swain is gathering (Nancy)
  13. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Recitative: The rosy morning now breaks forth (Nancy)
  14. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: He’s mounting up, the Sun (Lukas, Nancy, Simon, Chorus)
  15. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Recitative: Now all are a stir (Simon)
  16. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Recitative: The midday sun is burning now (Lukas)
  17. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Cavatina: Oppress’d succumbs all Nature now (Lukas)
  18. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Recitative: Oh welcome now, you shadier grove (Nancy)
  19. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Air: So reviving to the senses (Nancy)
  20. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Recitative: Oh see! Now rising in the sultry air (Simon)
  21. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: Hark the tempset drawing nigh! (Chorus)
  22. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Summer: The gloomy clouds now part aside (Lukas, Nancy, Simon, Chorus)
  23. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Overture
  24. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Recitative: All that through her blossom (Nancy)
  25. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: So Nature gives reward to Zeal (Lukas, Nancy, Simon, Chorus)
  26. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Recitative: Now see! To hazel bushes (Nancy)
  27. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Duet: You beauties of the town (Lukas)
  28. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Now see, on new-stripp’d harvest field (Simon)
  29. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Air: There look across the open fields! (Simon)
  30. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Recitative: Here beaters, closing in (Lukas)
  31. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Hark! Hear the clamorous noise (Chorus)
  32. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Recitative: On all the vines are glist’ning (Nancy)
  33. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Autumn: Cheer now! (Chorus)
  34. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Introduction
  35. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Recitative: Now sinks the pale declining year (Simon)
  36. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Cavatina: Light and life are both enfeeled (Nancy)
  37. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Recitative: All fetter’d lies the open lake (Lukas)
  38. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Aria: Here stands the wand’rer now (Lukas)
  39. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Recitative: As his approach rings in his ear (Lukas)
  40. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Purring, whirring, purring (Nancy, Chorus)
  41. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Recitative: The flax has now been spun (Lukas)
  42. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Song and Chorus: A maid who kept her honour fair (Chorus)
  43. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Recitative: From barren East noe thrust (Simon)
  44. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Before thee here (Simon)
  45. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Recitative: Remains, alone (Simon)
  46. Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons): Winter: Trio and Finale: Then breaks the glorious day (Simon, Lukas, Chorus, Nancy)