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HAYDN: Schopfung (Die) (The Creation)

Composer(s):Haydn, Franz Joseph
Period(s) Classical (1750-1830)
Genre Classical Music
Category Choral - Sacred
Catalogue 8.557380-81
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Recorded in Cologne in July 2003 by German Radio, the Naxos issue offers another first-rate period performance of Haydn’s masterpiece, lively and very well sung. When other issues of Die Schöpfung in the super-bargain category use modern instruments, it fills an important gap, particularly when the digital sound is so clear and transparent. The opening prelude representing Chaos is taken very slowly, but that brings out all the more the abrasiveness of Haydn’s daring dissonances on the period strings of the Capella Augustina. After the extreme hush of that opening, the choral cry of Licht!, Licht!, is then shattering in its impact. Generally, Spering’s speeds are on the fast side, yet with no feeling of rush. The chorus, the Cologne Vocal


Review By ,Scherzo,October 2005


Review By ,Record Geijutsu,July 2005


Review By Jan Arell,Göteborgs-Posten,June 2005

"Heavenly Bargain

Haydn’s finest work, the magnificent oratorio, which depicts the creation itself, with texts from Genesis and Paradise Lost by the English poet John Milton. Revolutionary music in its time (1789). Not quite as good singers or as majestic choruses as in Karajan’s best recording (Originals), but why complain? Stunning music, a splendid lightness and airiness in the orchestral playing with authentic instruments adding extra pungency - all of this in excellent sound. A heavenly bargain."


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