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Haydn's final masterpiece

The London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra under Vladimir Jurowski perform The Seasons, Haydn's sequel to The Creation, which was inspired by the composer's time in London.

Joseph Haydn was born in an era when nature touched every part of life, and he died in an age of revolution. It’s all there in his final masterpiece The Seasons: an irresistibly tuneful panorama of 18th-century life and love in all its bustling, earthy exuberance.

With its winter storms and whistling ploughmen, hymns of praise and booze-fuelled revels, this sequel to The Creation was inspired by Haydn’s time in London, and written specially to appeal to British audiences.

In this concert, recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank, soloists Sophie Bevan, Mark Padmore and Andrew Foster-Williams are joined by the London Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra and conducted by Vladimir Jurowski.

Performed in English

Introduced by Ian Skelly

Part One: Haydn - The Seasons: Spring and Summer

8.40pm INTERVAL
Frank Bridge
Summer (tone poem)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner, conductor

Part Two: Haydn - The Seasons: Autumn and Winter

Sophie Bevan, soprano
Mark Padmore, tenor
Andrew Foster-Williams, bass-baritone
London Philharmonic Choir
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Vladimir Jurowski, conductor

Episode image:
'Haymakers'; George Stubbs; Tate Britain; Art UK

2 hours, 28 minutes

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Spring

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Summer

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir.
  • Frank Bridge

    Summer, tone poem for orchestra

    Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Phillips.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Autumn

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Winter

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Singer: Mark Padmore. Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: London Philharmonic Choir.

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