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Haydn: The Creation / Kirkby, Hogwood, AAM

Release Date: 01/08/2008 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 1154068  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe JohnsonEmma KirkbyMichael George
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient MusicOxford New College Choir
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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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
Read more 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
Subtitles: none

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Works on This Recording

The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Tenor), Emma Kirkby (Soprano), Michael George (Bass)
Conductor:  Christopher Hogwood
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of Ancient Music,  Oxford New College Choir
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Date of Recording: 3/10/1990 
Language: English 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  4 Customer Reviews )
 A marvel October 25, 2014 By Guy B. (Québec, QC) See All My Reviews "I like very much The Creation, the choir, the soloists, and all the presentation." Report Abuse
 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." Report Abuse
 Disappointing Experience September 16, 2014 By Morris Reagan (Madison, MS) See All My Reviews "A very disappointing performance. I have owned the CD of this performance of The Creation for many years and I had hoped that being able to SEE the performance would make it more rewarding. But my viewing did just the opposite. I sensed no commitment on the part of the soloists to their involvement in their work and I find the bland, piccolo-like piping voice of Emma Kirby very irritating. Haydn stressed that his oratorio should be performed in the vernacular and when he published the work himself in 1800 he provided both German and English words. This great oratorio is one of Haydn's supreme achievements and there are all too few performances of this work work in English. To my taste the best currently available performance in English is the recently released CD with the Musica Saeculorum under Phillip von Steinaecker, ironically a GERMAN conductor. From the purely musical standpoint the best of all may be the performance (in German) by Mogens Wöldike, the Chorus & Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera with soloists Teresa Stich-Randall, Anny Felbermayer, Anton Dermota and Paul Schoeffler on Vanguard Classics CD. The Wöldike recording was made in 1955 and may have been the first COMPLETE recording of The Creation. This is a monaural recording but the fidelity is very good." Report Abuse
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