Jan Willem de Vriend

Jan Willem de Vriend: Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten


  • Joseph Haydn Die Jahreszeiten

Jan Willem de Vriend, a specialist in the repertoire of the eighteenth century, conducts soloists, Groot Omroepkoor and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Haydn's merry world oratorio Die Jahreszeiten.

The seasons according to Haydn
The seasons have been set to music countless times over the centuries with Vivaldi being the most famous example. But Haydn's version is perhaps the most elaborate, a complete world oratorio with four soloists, choir and orchestra. Haydn himself was not so confident about it. He toiled at it for more than two years and was not entirely satisfied with the end result. The public thought otherwise: 'With the abundance of musical inventions, the wildest expectations were exceeded,' jubilated one reviewer after the premiere in 1801. And still today it is a much-loved work by a wide audience.

World oratorio with humor
In Die Jahreszeiten, we follow farmer Simon, his daughter Hanne and his servant Lukas for a year in their agricultural concerns in the Austrian countryside. You hear all kinds of things pass by: a whistling plowing farmer Simon in the spring, a heavy thunderstorm in the summer, a hunting party and wine festival in the fall, and domestic coziness with a slightly mischievous Hanne in the winter. With a multitude of lyric portrayals, the music follows the text closely, with the subtle humor so characteristic of Haydn regularly popping up around the corner. Soloists, the Groot Omroepkoor and the Radio Philharmonic Orchestra are conducted by 18th-century music specialist Jan Willem de Vriend.

Friday, Feb. 16, 2024

Large Hall


Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Go to the website
Jan Willem de Vriend
Go to the website
Netherlands Radio Choir
Go to the website
Bart Van Reyn
Choir conductor
View profile
Lydia Teuscher
Mauro Peter
Hanno Müller-Brachmann

Coming soon

Karina Canellakis (c) Marco Borggreve
Friday, December 1, 2023
AVROTROS Friday Concert

Karina Canellakis with Mahler's First Symphony

Karina Canellakis (c) Marco Borggreve
Sunday, December 3, 2023
The Sunday Morning Concert

Karina Canellakis conducts Mahler's Symphony No. 1

Stéphane Denève
Thursday, December 7, 2023
Other series

Pieces of Tomorrow - Requiem by Fauré

Stéphane Denève
Friday, December 8, 2023
AVROTROS Friday Concert

Stéphane Denève conducts Fauré's Requiem

Stéphane Denève
Sunday, December 10, 2023
The Sunday Morning Concert

Fauré's Requiem by the Great Broadcasting Choir

Carolin Widmann
Saturday, December 16, 2023
NTR Saturday Matinee

Ligeti central: from Atmosphères to Violin Concerto

Friday, December 22, 2023
AVROTROS Friday Concert

AVROTROS Christmas Concert

Saturday, December 23, 2023

NPO Radio 4 Christmas concert

Unsuk Chin
Saturday, January 13, 2024
NTR Saturday Matinee

Orchestral fireworks by Chin and Stravinsky

Karina Canellakis (c) Marco Borggreve
Thursday, January 18, 2024
Other series

Pieces of Tomorrow - Music of Leonard Bernstein

Follow us on social media