Notes and Editorial Reviews
A unique concert performance of Haydn's popular choral work set to beautiful BBC images of the natural world and great works of art by Haydn's contemporaries such as Blake and Turner, chosen to match Haydn's own literal vision of the Bible's verse.
Christopher Hogwood leads the Academy of Ancient Music and soloists Emma Kirkby (soprano), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor) and Michael George (bass) in this original-instrument performance from the beautiful cathedral of Gloucester in the West of England.
Haydn's musical vision of the Creation begins with the famous orchestral explosion 'Let There Be Light' and goes on to tell the biblical story of Adam and Eve.
This performance of The Creation is sung
in the original English (written before the German version Die Schopfung).
Duration: 102 minutes
Disc Format: NTSC
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Region: 0 (all)
Sound: Audio 5.1 Surround & LPCM Stereo
Works on This Recording
The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor),
Emma Kirkby (Soprano),
Michael George (Bass)
Academy of Ancient Music,
Oxford New College Choir
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria
Date of Recording: 3/10/1990
Average Customer Review: ( 5 Customer Reviews )
Hard to beat November 3, 2014
By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews
"I have a dozen or more recordings of The Creation. This is one of the best, but for a DVD version, I'd go with Kuhn as the best. Aside from an excellent performance, this DVD is livened up with lots of BBC film footage showing the things created as the libretto goes through the stages of creation. So, when the base sings "and god created great whales, we see on screen, not the performers, but whales breaching in the deep blue sea."
A marvel October 25, 2014
By Guy B. (QuÃ©bec, QC) See All My Reviews
"I like very much The Creation, the choir, the soloists, and all the presentation."
Wonderful to see again. September 30, 2014
By Antoinette Carpay (Vernon, BC) See All My Reviews
"It has been probably 20 years since I saw this performance. As before I was stunned by the quality of soloists, orchestra , choir and naturally Hogwood. It is one of my favorites, and I have many! Too bad with the massive choices there is a lack of time to enjoy it all often. It is highly worth playing."