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Haydn: The Creation / Bruno Weil, Tafelmusik


Release Date: 06/27/1995 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 57965   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Ann MonoyiosJörg HeringHarry Van der Kamp
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys ChoirTafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 31 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Creation is potentially the most life-enhancing work in the choral repertoire but it hasn’t been particularly well served on record, partly because it is difficult to sustain the necessary fervour in studio conditions. Sony has found performers who are both able and willing: Tafelmusik’s playing is predictably immaculate, and the Tölz Boys Choir (with fresh-voiced tenors and basses) is radically more accomplished than many all-male groups.

The big, set-piece choruses are very exciting, though some may find Weil’s speeds shockingly fast, and the impact would have been greater had the balance favoured the choir just a touch more. He is not afraid of greater expression in slower numbers (such as the introduction to Part
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All three soloists have something to offer: Ann Monoyios boasts a light, clear soprano ideally suited to her decorative arias in Parts 1 and 2; Jörg Hering’s warm tenor brings fluent musicality throughout; and Harry van der Kamp’s distinctive low-vibrato bass is deployed with great intelligence.

The overall style of performance is relatively intimate, so it’s a shame that the engineers give us quite so much resonant church acoustic; but the well-articulated German text is never under threat. Anyone not allergic to period-instrument Haydn will find much to enjoy here.

-- Stephen Maddock, BBC Music Magazine
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Works on This Recording

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The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Ann Monoyios (Soprano), Jörg Hering (Tenor), Harry Van der Kamp (Bass)
Conductor:  Bruno Weil
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tölz Boys Choir,  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 
Language: German 

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