Haydn's own story of quiet revolution is overshadowed by the now fabled accounts of his contemporaries Mozart and Beethoven – their tortured artistic struggles, their lives touched by drama and tragedy.
Haydn was a natural, hard-working person, who strived to meet the many deadlines for commissions ordered by his patrons.
The Seasons depicts many aspects of rural life through the four seasons of the year. It touches on friendship and love, success and hardship, and reaping the rewards of harvest after manual labour. There are also celebrations of wine and a hunting chorus. The more solemn ‘Ode to Toil’ caused Haydn to remark that, though he had been industrious all his life, he had never before been called upon to write music in praise of industry.
Change of conductor
SCO Principal Conductor Designate Maxim Emelyanychev replaces an indisposed Bernard Labadie to conduct Haydn’s The Seasons. This will be Maxim’s first concert with the Orchestra since his appointment as Principal Conductor Designate was announced in May 2018. Bernard Labadie has sadly had to withdraw due to minor surgery - More Information
Haydn: The Seasons (Die Jahreszeiten)
Sung in German
Maxim Emelyanychev: Principal Conductor Designate
Lucy Crowe: Soprano
Andrew Staples: Tenor
Neal Davies: Bass Baritone
Gregory Batsleer: Chorus Director
Meet the Artist Insights, 6.30pm: Chorus Director Gregory Batsleer in conversation with Tenor Andrew Staples
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Haydn The Seasons with SCO Chorus