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Joseph Haydn: »The Seasons« at Kulturpalast Dresden

Dresden, Kulturpalast

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About the Event

Jordi Savall, the renowned musician known for his exceptional talent and commitment to historically informed performance practice, returns to the festival with his ensembles — La Capella Nacional de Catalunya and Le Concert des Nations. After winning over the Dresden audience last festival season with Beethoven's "Missa solemnis," they are set to perform another significant work of the classical period at the Kulturpalast: Joseph Haydn's "Die Jahreszeiten" (The Seasons). This oratorio, divided into four parts representing the cycle of seasons, masterfully portrays human life intertwined with the natural world, thanks to Haydn's effective use of onomatopoeic descriptions. While incorporating formal elements from its predecessor, "The Creation," Haydn's late work showcases a refreshing and innovative tonal style, characteristic of his status as a protagonist of the First Viennese School. Just as Savall's recording of "The Creation" was praised for its sonic transparency and colorful expressivity, these qualities will also be evident in the performance of "The Seasons."


  • Joseph Haydn – Oratorio 'The Seasons', for three Soloists, Choir and Orchestra, Hob.XXI:3
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Conductor: Jordi Savall

Jordi Savall, born in 1941 in Barcelona, embodies the spirit of the rich Catalan culture in which he was raised. Inspired by another great Catalan artist, Pablo Casals, whom he heard perform at Prades, the young Jordi Savall realized that music could be more than just a profession – for him, it would become an all‐consuming life’s work. He completed his cello studies at the Barcelona Conservatory in 1965, and, seeking to broaden his musical horizons, took an interest in early music.

After determining that his new‐found interest could not be well served by the modern cello, he discovered the viola da gamba and the performance practices of an earlier period. Jordi Savall went on to study in Brussels and later attended the Schola Cantorum of Basel, where he studied with August Wenzinger. In 1974, he succeeded Wenzinger in the position of Professor of Viol and Ensemble at the Schola Cantorum. Jordi Savall is widely credited with the rebirth of the viola da gamba and his ongoing musicological research has made him a major force in the revival of early music.

Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations
Tenor: Tilman Lichdi
Bass: Matthias Winckhler
Soprano: Miriam Feuersinger
Sextet: La Capella Nacional de Caralunya


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