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Sun 17 Apr 2016 7.00pm - 9.45pm
Barbican Hall, London

Haydn The Seasons
NB Change of Soloist
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HAYDN The Seasons (sung in German)

Sir Simon Rattle conductor
Monika Eder soprano
Andrew Staples tenor
Florian Boesch baritone
London Symphony Chorus
Simon Halsey chorus director
London Symphony Orchestra

The London Symphony Chorus celebrate its 50th anniversary with Haydn’s ‘nature’ oratorio The Seasons, a stellar cast of international singers and Sir Simon Rattle.

The Seasons is divided in to four sections: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter charting a musical year with rousing choruses, a riotous wine tasting with dancing peasants, a loud thunderstorm, even the croaking of frogs.

In his old age Haydn achieved fame and fortune in London following visits here in the 1790s. ‘Papa Haydn’ was encouraged to write The Seasons by the great success of his previous oratorio The Creation, which was performed all over Europe. The Seasons is said to ensure Haydn’s place with Titian, Michelangelo and Turner, Mann and Goethe, Verdi and Stravinsky, as one of the rare artists to whom old age brings the gift of ever bolder invention.

Change of Soloist

Owing to illness, tenor John Mark Ainsley has been forced to withdraw from this performance. The LSO is extremely grateful to Andrew Staples for agreeing to step in at short notice.

Posted 8 April 2016 9.30am