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Haydn: The Creation / Nelson, Milne, Gura, Rose, etc. [DVD]

Album Summary

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Haydn undertook the composition of The Creation starting at age 65. It took him 1.5 years to complete the work. A deeply religious man, he later said, 'Never had I been so devout as when I was composing The Creation. Every day I fell to my knees & prayed to God to give me strength for my work'. The concert provides unique opportunity to experience the beauty first hand of the church Grote Kerk, where the acoustics are said to make music sound magical.

Given a spirit of joyous enthusiasm, Haydn's great celebratory choruses never fail to refresh and uplift... John Nelson's energetic direction... certainly make their mark here... the Netherlands Radio Choir sing with vigorous attack and a full, firm tone. Orchestral playing... is alert, with some delectable woodwind work... Camerawork throughout is sensible and unfussy, closely attuned to what is going on in the music.

This DVD... brings us a very serious performance that radiates constant joy. Lisa Milne and Werner Gnra not only sing gloriously but express joyous feelings throughout. The bass gets to deliver all the heavy messages, and Matthew Rose never cracks a smile, but his superb singing (especially at low dynamic levels) adds to the rosy picture. Instrumentalists, too - flute, clarinet, and bassoon - seem to take enormous pleasure in delivering their solos, and even a second trombonist gets into it... The visual aspects supply more interest and value than usual, from the light interiors of a plain Dutch church... Visual direction is imaginative. We glimpse a soloist through the golden curlicues of an electric-candled chandelier; the cameras always find the right view and linger just long enough. Video quality... is good... ... I heartily recommend this DVD; it is the most enjoyable Creation I have seen...

Notes & Reviews:

Run Time: 182 min.
Region: All
Picture Format: NTSC, 16:9, Color
Sound Format(s): LPCM Stereo,
Subtitles: German, English, French


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Works Details

>Haydn, Franz Joseph : Die Schöpfung (The Creation), oratorio, H. 21/2
  • Performers: Jonathan Beyer (Bass); Lucy Crowe (Soprano); Werner Gura (Tenor); Lisa Milne (Soprano); Matthew Rose (Baritone)
  • Conductor: John Nelson
  • Ensemble: Netherlands Radio Chamber Choir
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1798