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Haydn: The Creation / Barbara Hendricks, Chris Merritt, José Van Dam. Zubin Mehta

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Notes & Reviews:

If one believes an anecdote from the early 1790s, it was with his oratorio Die Schöpfung that Haydn, in the autumn of his years, hoped to perpetuate his fame for posterity - even though he was already the most celebrated composer in Europe. Not surprisingly, the work's first public performance in 1799 was a huge triumph. This glorious live recording from 1986 features Maestro Zubin Mehta leading the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in a decidedly old fashioned reading of this majestic score, eschewing the authentic performance practice approach in favor of a more romantic and lyrical sound.

American Record Guide, March / April 2013
The Israeli winds play gloriously, the choir is pretty good, and in Jose Van Dam Mehta had one of the best oratorio singers of the day. He introduces the happy couple in paradise at the beginning of Part III. I like the recording. Notes, a full text, and an English translation are in the attractive booklet. I'm pleased to have heard this.


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