In 2009, LSO Live released an acclaimed recording of Haydn's Die Schöpfung (The Creation) conducted by Sir Colin Davis. This month, Sir Colin returns to the music of Haydn with a superb cast of young singers for his later oratorio Die Jahreszeiten (The Seasons). Following the success of Die Schöpfung, which had swiftly gained popularity throughout Europe, Haydn's librettist Baron Gottfried van Swieten suggested another project, based on James Thomson's pastoral epic, The Seasons. One of Haydn's last major works, Die Jahreszeiten is music of thrilling vitality and creativity, depicting the yearly cycle of life in the countryside through the eyes of three peasants. Sir Colin's recent LSO Live release of Nielsen symphonies received an Editor's Choice in Gramophone and was a BBC Music Magazine Choice of the Month.