From the first blush of spring to impending winter, this masterwork covers a full year of living.
Winter storms and whistling ploughmen, hymns of praise and boisterous drinking songs, The Seasons is a celebration of Haydn’s natural world, of sunrises and sunsets, vivid musical depictions and sounds of rustic fauna: cattle, buzzing bees, quail, a cricket and a frog!
Joseph Haydn was born in an era when nature touched every part of life, and he died in an age of revolution. Haydn’s sequel to The Creation, The Seasons is an irresistibly tuneful panorama of 18th-century life and love in all its bustling, earthy exuberance.
Inspired by his time in London and written specially to appeal to British audiences, The Seasons was Haydn’s last major work and he lavished great care on the piece, combining choral forces and soloists with masterful orchestration and ingenious word-setting.
And it doesn’t come around all that often – so this performance will be a real occasion.
Emma Pearson soprano
Christopher Bowen tenor
James Harrison baritone
Uwe Grodd conductor
Saturday 9 May, 7.30pm
Holy Trinity Cathedral
09 970 9700