Haydn: The Creation


© 2006 London Philharmonic Orchestra Ltd

℗ 1984 BBC

Recorded by BBC Radio 3 live at the Royal Festival Hall, London, on 19
February 1984

CD booklet contains full German text and English translation

The London Philharmonic Orchestra wishes to thank Laurie Watt for
facilitating the release of this recording.

Total playing time: 107:32

CD: Haydn: The Creation

Joseph Haydn
Die Schöpfung (The Creation)

Klaus Tennstedt conductor
Lucia Popp
soprano (Eva and Gabriel)
Anthony Rolfe Johnson tenor (Uriel)
Benjamin Luxon baritone (Adam and Raphael)
London Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir
Richard Cooke chorus master
David Nolan leader

Haydn composed this supreme choral masterpiece late in his career. The libretto, translated from English and sung in German, is based on the biblical story and on Milton’s Paradise Lost. In ambition and scale The Creation was without precedent in Haydn’s output and the thrill of the first light, the gentle humour of the musical representation of the animals, the brilliance of the choruses and the sheer exuberance of Haydn’s concept are vividly brought to life in this recording by Klaus Tennstedt with three stunning soloists, Lucia Popp, Anthony Rolfe Johnson and Benjamin Luxon, and the London Philharmonic Choir.

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