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Haydn: The Creation / Popp, Blegen, Moser, Bernstein


Release Date: 09/30/2008 
Label:  Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog #: 453031   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn
Performer:  Lucia PoppKurt OllmannThomas MoserKurt Moll,   ... 
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony OrchestraBavarian Radio Chorus
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

...highly recommended... faultless performances from orchestra and chorus alike... Sweet-toned Moser is the best of Bernstein’s soloists, with Moll and Popp on fine form. The disappointment is Blegen, who lacks the confidence and poise that otherwise distinguishes the recording.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Wood, BBC Music Magazine
...highly recommended... faultless performances from orchestra and chorus alike... Sweet-toned Moser is the best of Bernstein’s soloists, with Moll and Popp on fine form. The disappointment is Blegen, who lacks the confidence and poise that otherwise distinguishes the recording.

Performance: 4 (out of 5), Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Christopher Wood, 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:  Lucia Popp (Soprano), Kurt Ollmann (Baritone), Thomas Moser (Tenor),
Kurt Moll (Bass), Judith Blegen (Soprano)
Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Bavarian Radio Chorus
Period: Classical 
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Great performance October 10, 2012 By menahem breuer (Tel Aviv, Israel) See All My Reviews "This combination of Haydn "The creation" with Leonard Bernstein makes the performacnve an unforgettable experience." Report Abuse
 Almost the best ever May 7, 2012 By K. BAKER (HEBER CITY, UT) See All My Reviews "A few years ago the BBC polled 100 top conductors asking them who was the greatest conductor of all time. Bernstein was #2. Karlos Kleiber #1.

Bernstein had an affinity for Haydn, and this performance is the runaway winner among the currently available performances. Bernstein's affinity for Haydn is obvious. While the whole thing is outstanding, special praise goes to the first three tracks. The first track, "The Representation of Chaos" describes the void before god declares "Let their be Light". The Representation of Chaos is Haydn's most extended use of dissonance and both Haydn and Bernstein give us a lesson in how dissonance ought to be used in music.

The high point of the performance comes just after the hushed chorus sings, "let their be light". Bernstein's performance of Haydn's spectacular sonic recreation of the creation leaves all the others in the dust. The disk is worth buying just for this 30 seconds of spectacular sound.

The only shortcoming in Bernstein's performance is that Roland Bader's LaserLight recording with the Krakow Philharmonic is better and less than half the price. Trouble is, its out of print. So, buy the Bernstein and pray you some day come across a copy of the Bader. "
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