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Wydawnictwo: Christophorus
Nr katalogowy: CHR 77382
Nośnik: 2 CD
Data wydania: luty 2014
EAN: 4010072773821
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Epoka muzyczna: barok
Obszar (język): angielski
Rodzaj: oratorium

Smith: The Seasons

Christophorus - CHR 77382
Wykonawcy
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Tim Mead, countertenor
Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor
Markus Simon, bass
Festivalchor Musica Franconia
La Banda / Wolfgang Riedelbauch
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Already 60 years before Joseph Haydn, the German composer John Christopher Smith wrote an oratorio about the seasons that was also based on the epic poem "The Seasons" by the Scottish poet James Thomson. Smith was born in 1712 in Ansbach as Johann Christoph Schmidt and emigrated with his parents to London, for his father worked as a manager and copyist for George Frederic Handel. Young Smith received his first instruction from the master personally and later became Handel's closest working associate. He helped Handel with his composing and, when his mentor became blind, he directed performances of his oratorios. But Smith himself was also a recognised composer who was "highly appreciated by many of the 'first heads' in the Kingdom", as the English music scholar Charles Burney reported.

His oratorio about the seasons is an imaginative tone painting in a style which extends beyond the baroque, already introducing elements of the Empfindsamer Stil (Sensitive Style). In particular, Smith's colourful representations of nature – ranging from birdsong and the undulations of the forest to icy winter storms – are very successfully realised. They show that he was far more than just Handel's assistant.

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