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If one were to encounter this fine performance in the concert hall, one would surely enjoy it while it was happening and retain pleasant memories of it after it ended. Morten Schuldt-Jensen is clearly a talented choral conductor, and under his skillful direction, the Gewandhaus-Kinderchor sings with much energy and more enthusiasm. Tonally sweet soprano Sibylla Rubens, technically solid tenor Andreas Karasiak, and interpretatively commanding bass Stephan MacLeod sing with much fire and more fervor. The Leipziger Kammerorchester is a capable if distinctly on the small-side ensemble and it plays with much persuasiveness, if somewhat more professionalism. However, encountering this performance in a recording, one would have the opportunity to pick nits in the playing -- the Kammerorchester is not always exactly together with the Kinderchor -- and find fault with the singing -- Rubens does tend toward the saccharine and MacLeod does lean toward the stolid. Worse, one would also have the opportunity to compare it with the great recordings of the past -- Karl Böhm's deeply human and profoundly spiritual performance on DG with the clarion Gundula Janowitz, the heroic Peter Schreier, the magnificent Martti Talvela, the superlative Wiener Singverein, and the not-quite-in-the-same-league-as-the-Wiener-Philharmoniker-but-still-superb Wiener Symphoniker immediately come to mind -- and, unfortunately, a fine performance cannot stand up to a transcendent performance. Naxos' sound is typically clean, but no cleaner than DG's, and a whole lot less evocative.
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Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3 (Joseph Haydn)

1
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Introduction and Recitative: Seht, wie der strenge Winter (Simon, Lukas, Hanne)
00:05:41

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

2
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Komm, holder Lenz! (Chorus)
00:03:25

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

3
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Recitative: Vom Widder strahlet jetzt (Simon)
00:00:31

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

4
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Aria: Schon eilet froh der Ackermann (Simon)
00:03:15

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

5
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Recitative: Der Landmann hat sein Werk vollbracht (Lukas)
00:00:29

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

6
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Trio: Sei nun gnadig, milder Himmel! (Lukas, Simon, Hanne, Chorus)
00:04:53

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

7
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Recitative: Erhort ist unser Flehn (Hanne)
00:00:54

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass

2006 Naxos

8
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Trio: Song of Joy: O wie lieblich ist der Anblick (Hanne, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
00:04:53

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

9
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Frühling (Spring): Ewiger, machtiger, gutiger Gott! (Chorus, Hanne, Lukas, Simon)
00:04:44

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

10
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: In grauem Schleier ruckt heran (Lukas, Simon)
00:04:28

Sibylla Rubens - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

11
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Aria: Der munt're Hirt versammelt nun (Simon) - Recitative: Die Morgenrote bricht hervor (Hanne)
00:03:05

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

12
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Trio: Sie steigt herauf, die Sonne (Hanne, Lukas, Simon, Chorus)
00:04:39

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

13
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Nun regt und bewegt sich alles umher (Simon)
00:00:37

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

14
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Die Mittagssone brennet jetzt (Lukas)
00:01:27

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass

2006 Naxos

15
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Cavatina: Dem Druck' erlieget die Natur (Lukas)
00:04:28

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass

2006 Naxos

16
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: Willkommen jetzt, o dunkler Hain (Hanne)
00:03:57

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

17
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Aria: Welche Labung fur die Sinne (Hanne)
00:04:28

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

18
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Recitative: O seht, es steiget in der schwulen Luft (Simon, Lukas, Hanne)
00:02:34

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

19
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Ach! das Ungewitter naht (Chorus)
00:03:42

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

20
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Sommer (Summer): Trio: Die dustren Wolken trennen sich (Lukas, Hanne, Simon, Chorus)
00:04:04

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

DISC 2

1
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Introduction and Recitative: Was durch seine Blute der Lenz (Hanne)
00:01:47

Sibylla Rubens - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

2
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Recitative: Den reichen Vorrat fuhrt er nun (Lukas)
00:00:34

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

3
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Trio: So lohnet die Natur den Fleiss (Simon, Hanne, Lukas, Chorus)
00:05:32

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

4
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Recitative: Seht, wie zum Haselbusche dort (Hanne, Simon, Lukas)
00:01:07

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

5
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Duet: Ihr Schonen aus der Stadt, kommt her (Lukas, Hanne)
00:07:29

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

6
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Recitative: Nun zeiget das entblosste Feld (Simon)
00:01:04

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor

2006 Naxos

7
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Aria: Seht auf die breiten Wiesen hin (Simon)
00:03:10

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

8
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Recitative: Hier ein dichter Kreis die Hasen (Lukas)
00:00:39

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass

2006 Naxos

9
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Chorus of Countrymen and Hunters: Hort das laute Geton (Chorus)
00:03:56

Sibylla Rubens - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

10
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Recitative: Am Rebenstocke blinket jetzt (Hanne)
00:01:07

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

11
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Herbst (Autumn): Juhhe, juhhe! Der Wein ist da (Chorus)
00:06:01

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

12
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Introduction: Die Einleitung schildert die dicken Nebel
00:02:47

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

13
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Nun senket sich das blasse Jahr (Simon, Hanne)
00:02:40

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

14
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Cavatina: Licht und Leben sind geschwachet (Hanne)
00:02:00

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

15
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Gefesselt steht der breite See (Lukas)
00:02:35

Sibylla Rubens - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

16
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Aria: Hier steht der Wand'rer nun (Lukas)
00:03:55

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

17
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: So wie er naht, schallt in sein Ohr (Lukas, Hanne, Simon)
00:01:18

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

18
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Knurre, schnurre, Radchen, knurre (Hanne, Chorus)
00:02:43

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

19
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Abgesponnen ist der Flachs (Lukas)
00:00:23

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass

2006 Naxos

20
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Song with Chorus: Ein Madchen, das auf Ehre hielt (Hanne, Chorus)
00:03:13

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

21
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Recitative: Vom durren Oste dringt (Simon)
00:00:48

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir

2006 Naxos

22
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Aria: Erblicke hier, betorter Mensch (Simon) - Recitative: Sie bleibt allein und leitet uns (Simon)
00:04:25

Sibylla Rubens - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor

2006 Naxos

23
Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons), Hob.XXI:3: Der Winter (Winter): Trio and Double Chorus: Dann bricht der grosse Morgen an (Simon, Lukas, Hanne, Chorus)
00:05:00

Sibylla Rubens - Franz Joseph Haydn, Composer - Gottfried van Swieten, Composer - Morten Schuldt-Jensen, Conductor - Andreas Karasiak, Tenor - Gewandhaus Chamber Choir, Choir - Stephan MacLeod, Bass - Leipzig Chamber Orchestra, Orchestra

2006 Naxos

Album Description

If one were to encounter this fine performance in the concert hall, one would surely enjoy it while it was happening and retain pleasant memories of it after it ended. Morten Schuldt-Jensen is clearly a talented choral conductor, and under his skillful direction, the Gewandhaus-Kinderchor sings with much energy and more enthusiasm. Tonally sweet soprano Sibylla Rubens, technically solid tenor Andreas Karasiak, and interpretatively commanding bass Stephan MacLeod sing with much fire and more fervor. The Leipziger Kammerorchester is a capable if distinctly on the small-side ensemble and it plays with much persuasiveness, if somewhat more professionalism. However, encountering this performance in a recording, one would have the opportunity to pick nits in the playing -- the Kammerorchester is not always exactly together with the Kinderchor -- and find fault with the singing -- Rubens does tend toward the saccharine and MacLeod does lean toward the stolid. Worse, one would also have the opportunity to compare it with the great recordings of the past -- Karl Böhm's deeply human and profoundly spiritual performance on DG with the clarion Gundula Janowitz, the heroic Peter Schreier, the magnificent Martti Talvela, the superlative Wiener Singverein, and the not-quite-in-the-same-league-as-the-Wiener-Philharmoniker-but-still-superb Wiener Symphoniker immediately come to mind -- and, unfortunately, a fine performance cannot stand up to a transcendent performance. Naxos' sound is typically clean, but no cleaner than DG's, and a whole lot less evocative.
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