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Bayan Northcott
BBC Music Magazine, October 2014

…this is a lovely performance. There is a well-balanced trio of soloists led by the spirited soprano Dorothea Roschmann as Hanne, with the expressive tenor Michael Schade as Lukas and a particularly impressive assumption of the peasant narrator, Simon, by the firm and even-toned bass Florian Boesch.

That veteran authenticist, Nikolaus Harnoncourt…is ever vigilant in defining articulation and pointing character… © 2014 BBC Music Magazine



John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, September 2014

The three soloists here are all outstanding in particular in their ability to project and characterise the text. Florian Bosch especially brings to life every phrase he sings. The chorus are also good…It is clear…that Harnoncourt wants an energetic and characterful performance from the orchestra.

I am sure that…anyone approaching The Seasons for the first time would find it a reliable guide to the supreme genius of the work. There are however alternative audio recordings that give a better impression of the quality of the work. © 2014 MusicWeb Intenational Read complete review




Richard Wigmore
Gramophone, September 2014

…this is a splendid, inspiriting performance of a life-giving work. It’s superbly executed by a 60-strong VPO, given a quasi-period makeover by Harnoncourt, and the elite of the Vienna State Opera Chorus, whose firm-toned sopranos are a world away from the fruity wobblers of old.

Camerawork is intelligent and unfussy, always focusing on what you want to see…a performance that does rich justice to Haydn’s bucolic masterpiece but also for Harnconcourt’s ever-stimulating thoughts, and some notably revealing and entertaining rehearsal footage. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



Robert Benson
ClassicalCDReview.com, June 2014

An outstanding issue! © 2014 ClassicalCDReview.com Read complete review






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