Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten

Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika

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Joseph Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten Review

by James Leonard

There should always be more performances of Franz Joseph Haydn's monumental oratorio The Seasons, or, auf Deutsch, Die Jahreszeiten. The work is too important, too magnificent, too moving, and too vital to languish merely as a museum piece. However, while there should always be more performances of The Seasons, that does not mean they should all be recorded and preserved for the ages. Take, for example, this recording led by Hans Michael Beuerle and released on Ars Musici. While it is clearly a labor of love for all involved, and was likely quite effective when experienced live, it is not much more than mediocre compared with the great recorded performances of the past. Beuerle knows what he is doing and there is nothing overtly wrong with his conducting, but his interpretation is no more than makeshift, with plenty of tone painting but not much overall architecture. Similarly, the Freiburger Bachchor and Bachorchester are each accomplished -- the former has a solid sound and fine diction, while the latter has a rough and ready ensemble plus a pungent tone -- but neither can compare with their better known competitors. While the soloists are adept, only tenor Hans Peter Blochwitz can stand with the finest exponents of his part. Recorded in passable but not especially impressive digital sound, this disc might please those who heard the performance live, but will not likely please others.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die Jahreszeiten, Hob. 31:3
1 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 05:58 Amazon
2 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:30 Amazon
3 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:36 Amazon
4 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:35 Amazon
5 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:34 Amazon
6 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 05:17 Amazon
7 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 01:06 Amazon
8 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 05:01 Amazon
9 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:57 Amazon
10 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:16 Amazon
11 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:01 Amazon
12 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:29 Amazon
13 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:40 Amazon
14 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 01:16 Amazon
15 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:10 Amazon
16 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:06 Amazon
17 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:22 Amazon
18 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 02:45 Amazon
19 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:45 Amazon
20 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:15 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Die Jahreszeiten, Hob. 31:3
1 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 01:49 Amazon
2 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:37 Amazon
3 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 05:45 Amazon
4 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 01:07 Amazon
5 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 07:48 Amazon
6 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:57 Amazon
7 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:16 Amazon
8 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:38 Amazon
9 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:23 Amazon
10 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 01:03 Amazon
11 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 06:20 Amazon
12 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 02:53 Amazon
13 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 02:40 Amazon
14 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 02:12 Amazon
15 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 02:07 Amazon
16 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:57 Amazon
17 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 01:12 Amazon
18 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 02:45 Amazon
19 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:25 Amazon
20 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 03:22 Amazon
21 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:49 Amazon
22 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 04:11 Amazon
23 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 00:22 Amazon
24 Hans Michael Beuerle / Hans Peter Blochwitz / Maya Boog / Peter Lika 05:39 Amazon
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