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Sir Neville's recording of Die Schopfung (''The Creation'') was made for Philips in London at St John's, Smith Square, in 1980, just before digital recording became universal in the major companies. It says much for the quality of the recording as transferred to CD that it sounds fuller, with more body and bloom, than either of its rivals in the new medium, either Karajan's live DG recording made at Salzburg in 1983 or the liver recording of a Liege Festival by Sigiswald Kuijken and La Petite Bande on Accept the previous year. Only the hind of boominess in the bass—evident on the original LPs—detracts from the quality. Certainly the big dynamic contrasts—as in the great cry of ''Lich'' in the opening number—have all the dramatic impact you
The Kuijken version using period instruments is hardly in contention with the other two, but suffers from the closeness of the soloists, whose sibilants get exaggerated. Marriner's studio recording has the best balance, and the performance is a delight, lithe and resilient from chorus and orchestra alike. Fischer-Dieskau is positive and characterful, pointing every line (maybe too much for some) and Edith Mathis is at her sweetest in the soprano roles. Only Aldo Baldin, the tenor, disappoints, but this remains on balance the best recommendation.'
-- Edward Greenfield, Gramophone [2/1987]
Works on This Recording
The Creation, H 21 no 2 by Franz Joseph Haydn
Aldo Baldin (Tenor),
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone),
Edith Mathis (Soprano),
Catherine Denley (Mezzo Soprano)
Sir Neville Marriner
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Written: 1796-1798; Vienna, Austria
Length: 109 Minutes 0 Secs.
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