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Haydn: Die Schopfung / Kuhn, Auger, Schreier, Berry, Sima

Haydn / Auger / Collegium Aureum / Kuhn / Schreier
Release Date: 03/29/2011 
Label:  Arthaus Musik   Catalog #: 107225  
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roland HerrmannPeter SchreierArleen AugérWalter Berry,   ... 
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg ChoirCollegium Aureum
Number of Discs: 1 
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Joseph Haydn - Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

Gabriel - Arleen Augér
Uriel - Peter Schreier
Raphael - Walter Berry
Eva - Gabriele Sima
Adam - Roland Hermann

Arnold Schoenberg Chor (chorus master: Erwin Ortner)
Collegium Aureum
Gustav Kuhn, conductor

Recorded at the Alte Universität, Wien, 31 March 1982

Picture format: NTSC 4:3 (full screen)
Sound format: LPCM Stereo
Region code: All Region
Subtitles: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian
Running time: 114 mins + 18 mins (documentary)
No. of DVDs: 1

* Arthaus Musik presents Joseph Haydn's famous oratorio Die
Read more Schöpfung (The Creation) in a recording that paid tribute not only to the composer but also to the importance of historical performance practice.
* The performance on this DVD was the high point of a festival organized by the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde in Vienna to mark the 250th anniversary of the composer's birth. This recording was filmed on 31 March – Haydn's birthday – in the Great Hall of the Old University.
* The venue is notable, as it was here, on 27 March 1808, that Haydn himself attended a gala performance of his already hugely popular Die Schöpfung under the direction of Antonio Salieri. At almost seventy-six, Haydn was carried to the hall in a sedan chair before an audience that included Ludwig van Beethoven. It was to be his last ever appearance at a public concert.
* This gala performance uses a reduced chorus of thirty-eight singers and an orchestra of more or less the same size and instruments of the kind that were customary in Haydn's day, achieving a much darker and mellower string sound, and a sympathetic blend of the wind instruments' characteristic colours and registers. The woodwinds in particular are frequently used by Haydn for onomatopoeic effect, but the brass and even the lower strings are similarly employed.
* Austrian Television introduced the live broadcast of the concert with an introductory programme on Haydn's position in the musical life of the times, the tremendous success of The Creation and on the work and its historical background. This programme is featured as bonus on this DVD.
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Works on This Recording

The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Roland Herrmann (Baritone), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Arleen Augér (Soprano),
Walter Berry (Bass Baritone), Gabriele Sima (Mezzo Soprano)
Conductor:  Gustav Kuhn
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arnold Schoenberg Choir,  Collegium Aureum
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

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 The best you can get, but I got better  February 9, 2013 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "I have a dozen or so recordings of The Creation. This is second best. However, the best ever, Conducted by Roland Bader on Laserlight for a remarkable $2.99, is out of print, so that makes Kuhn today's best available choice. Sonically, Kuhn is superior to Bader. Kuhn's soloists and chorus are also better those available to Bader. Bader's advantage is his interpretation, and infectious, rambunctious, joyous celebration of the creation. And why not? It should be cause to celebrate, and only Bader pulls it off. Kuhn comes close. When it comes to recordings of The Creation, there are only 3 worth consideration. Of course Bader comes first. I'd give Kuhn a slight edge over Bernstein on DGG, but, a word of warning. Bernstein is worth having if only for the orchestral interlude than follows the chorus singing "let their be light". Sonically, the clarity and inner detail of Kuhn's recording is even superior to DGG. Kuhn's soloists may collectively the greatest cast ever assembled for The Creation. Arlene Auger & Walter Berry are standouts in a stellar cast." Report Abuse
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