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April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm£10
To the 2001 New Novello edition of Haydn’s The Seasons.
After the success of The Creation, its librettist Baron Gottfried van Swieten wanted to collaborate with Haydn on a second work of a similar nature.
The result was almost as great a success in Europe as The Creation. Haydn started work on The Seasons in 1799, and it was first performed on the 24th 27th of April and the 1st of May 1801…. In Vienna: it was to be his last major work.
Unlike The Creation, however, The Seasons had no success in England. One possible reason for this is the poor quality of the first English translation.
The English translation in this edition is entirely new, and attempts to provide a translation of van Swieten’s text that fits Haydn’s music; even where the librettist adhered closely to Thomson’s in his ideas, as in No.38 [where] Thomson’s original words do not fit the music.
To include occasional lines of Thomson is as unfair to him as it is to van Swieten, who clearly understood that only drastic rewriting and reconstruction of the original poem could make it suitable as a libretto.
The style used tries to give some flavour of the eighteenth-century language while being easily intelligible today – after all, this is an eighteenth-century work.
Michelle Sheridan Grant – Soprano (Jane)
Sebastiano Cipolla – Tenor (Lucas)
Paul Fletcher – Bass (Simon)