Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Joseph Haydn, Thomas Hengelbrock, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble|
Haydn - Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
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A First Choice
Jaime J. Weinman | Canada | 07/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is perhaps the best recording of THE CREATION in the catalogue. Hengelbrock's conducting of a fine period-instrument orchestra is the most exciting since Bernstein's '60s recording; nothing is dainty or underplayed. The burst of light is truly thrilling, and all the descriptive passages are played for all they're worth (listen to the great bronx cheer from the brass at "Den boden druckt der thiere last"). The chorus is very good, if not quite in the class of Gardiner's Monteverdi Choir; but whereas Gardiner's recording had some casting weaknesses, here all the youngish soloists do good work, particularly the Uriel, Steve Davislim. The sound is mostly excellent, though once or twice the engineers seem to have trouble coping with choral climaxes (no distortion, though). For a recording of THE CREATION that really conveys how new and exciting this work must have seemed in 1799, and a recording with no serious weaknesses, I can't think of any recording that is preferable to this one."