Die Jahreszeiten / The Seasons / Les Saisons
Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Musical director: Helmuth Rilling
Soloists: Annegeer Stumphius ( soprano), Alexander Stevenson ( tenor) , Wolfgang Schöne (bass)
Running Time: 143 min
Recording Date: January 1992, Stadthalle Oberhausen, Germany
Menu languages: GB
Picture Format: 4:3
Sound Format: PCM Stereo
Region Code: 0 / Not available in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Japan
Sel. No. NTSC only 101 173
Haydn's masterspiece, "The creation" is known to all lovers of classical music, however few
people know that he invested two years of hard work into "The Seasons" until he was satisfied.
Allthough he was getting on in years when he finished this work, and fell ill shortly afterwards, it is the freshness which distinguishes "The Seasons" and makes it one of the most popular oratories right up to the present day.
"The Seasons" is not only a historic landmark at the end of the 18th and the start of the 19th century, it also demonstrates clearly the crossover from the objective ideals of the classic era to the more subjective nature of the romantic era.
This beautiful piece has now been filmed as a co-production between the Second German Television Company (ZDF) and Hänssler Publishing, Stuttgart. Helmuth Rilling conducts the Gächinger Kantorei and the Bach Collegium Stuttgart. The film is interspersed with beautiful nature pictures which complement the musical interpretation of the changing of the seasons beautifully. Without becoming self-indulgent of following any "new trend" the director makes new and exciting use of camera angles and lighting. The overall impression is of a new and innovative way of interpreting a popular piece of music whilst drawing on the experience of traditional ways of filming classical music.