Editors’ Notes Following the success of The Creation and Missa in Angustiis, Haydn turned out another stormy, groundbreaking masterpiece: The Seasons. Paul McCreesh and the Gabrieli Consort handle Haydn’s blustery oratorio with strength and delicacy, grasping its hefty orchestra parts and spirited choruses with admirable ease.

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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 1, See Winter, Stern and Gloomy, Flees (Introduction & Accompagnato)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 2, Come, Gentle Spring! (Chorus)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 3, From Aries Shines the Bright'ning Sun (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 4, With Eagerness the Countryman Sets Forth (Song)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 5, The Countryman has Paid his Dues (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 6, Heav'n be Gracious, Heav'n be Bounteous (Chorus with Solos)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 7, Our Fervent Pray’rs are Heard (Introduction & Accompagnato)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, I. Spring: No. 8, O What Charming Sights Delight Us (Duet)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 9, In Darkness Shrouded (Introduction & Accompaniment)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 10, The Wakeful Herdsman (Song)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 11, Behold the Sun! (Chorus with Solos)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 12, The Village Lads and Lasses (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 13, Exhausted Nature, Fainting, Sinks (Cavatina)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 14, How Welcome Now, Ye Shady Groves! (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 15, How Refreshing to the Senses (Aria)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 16, Behold, Arising Through the Sultry Air (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, II. Summer: No. 17, Ah! The Storm Approaches Near! (Chorus)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 18, That Which Spring has Promis’d (Introduction, Accompaniment & Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 19, Thus Nature Rewards our Toil! (Trio)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 20, See How a Bunch of Eager Lads (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 21, Fine Ladies of the Town (Duet)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 22, On Ravag’d Hills (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 23, See Lo on Yonder Open Field (Song)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 24, A Tight’ning Circle of Hunters (Recitative & Accompaniment)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 25, Hark, Hear the Sounds of the Chase (Chorus)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 26, On Vines, the Grapes are Glistening (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, III. Autumn: No. 27, Drink Up, Drink Up, the Wine is Here! (Chorus)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter
The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 28, The Jaded Year Now Fades Away (Introduction & Accompaniment)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 29, Light and Life are Enfeebl’d (Cavatina)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 30, The Lake Lies Lock’d in Frosty Grip (Recitative & Accompaniment)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 31, The Wand’rer Stands Perplex’d (Aria)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 32, And Drawing Near the Welcome Sight (Recitative & Accompaniment)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 33, Whirring, Whirring, Whirring! (Song with Chorus)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 34, Now the Flax has all been Spun (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 35, A Noble Squire, of Great Renown (Song with Chorus)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 36, And From the East there Blows an Icy Blast (Recitative)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 37, Consider then, Misguided Man (Song & Accompaniment)
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The Seasons, Hob. XXI:3, IV. Winter: No. 38, Then Dawns that Morn so Glorious (Double Chorus with Solos)
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