John Christopher Smith: The Seasons / Mammel, Kirkby, Simon, Mead, Riedelbauch

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61 years before Haydn's oratorio setting, English composer John Christopher Smith (1712-1795) set to music the epic poem "The Seasons" by Scottish poet James Thomson....

61 years before Haydn's oratorio setting, English composer John Christopher Smith (1712-1795) set to music the epic poem "The Seasons" by Scottish poet James Thomson. Smith's rhythmically crisp and melodically appealing English Baroque style is well-suited to Thomson's colorful depictions of mother nature and the idealized country folk singing together while harvesting their crops. In this work, John Christopher Smith writes imaginative music that places him as a serious composer in the mighty shadow of Handel.



Product Description:


  • Release Date: March 25, 2014


  • UPC: 4010072773821


  • Catalog Number: CHR77382


  • Label: Christophorus


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Composer: John Christopher Smith


  • Conductor: Wolfgang Riedelbauch


  • Orchestra/Ensemble: La Banda, Musica Franconia Festival Chorus


  • Performer: Emma Kirkby, Hans Jörg Mammel, Markus Simon, Tim Mead