Having been inspired by Handel’s oratorios whilst in London, Haydn set Die Schöfung to a text originally intended for his predecessor. With bright orchestration and vivid imagery, Haydn’s account of the world’s creation confirmed that he too had mastered the art of musical dramatics, and composed a work that is celebrated as one of the masterpieces of the classical era.
‘His [Sir Colin Davis] response to the actual sound of the piece is beautifully managed throughout, with Haydn's sense of wonder coming vividly alive. The LSO is on unimpeachable form, with many thrilling individual touches ... The sound is excellent, covering the entire picture while simultaneously setting out plenty of detail’
BBC Music Magazine
‘The LSO's magnificent playing of this awe-inspiring work is an immediate reminder of the impact of Sir Colin Davis's conducting. He has chosen excellent soloists for their various roles - the soprano Sally Matthews, tenor Ian Bostridge and baritone Dietrich Henschel - and the chorus are in superb voice.’
The Sunday Telegraph
‘It seems to me to get the spirit of the work exactly right, achieving lightness without losing a sence of substance, offering precision as well as a feeling of spontaneity ... The choral singing, meanwhile, is incisive throughout.‘
The Sunday Times
‘From first to last this recording ha a definitive quality about it ... His [Sir Colin Davis] whole approach is filled with life and energy: this reading is about the youthful sparks of earthly creation ... That spirit, albeit refined and given focus by Davis's consummate artistry, pervades just about every bar and inspires all involved'
Classic FM Magazine
'Davis ensures that each of the choruses that close the three parts builds thrillingly to an incandescent climax ... I shall certainly be returning to this new recordings for much of the solo work, for the glorious playing of the LSO and, above all, for Davis's wise, joyous direction.'
‘I cannot think of a better version done with traditional forces in many, many years ... The singing is superb, the soloists all the more so ... This is one of the best releases to date, with lovely surround sounds adding much to the presentation ... The is a truly a wonderful achievement.‘
‘The three soloists are a felicitously well-matched team ... The LSC excels as it always does in these big choral masterworks ... this is another huge triumph for LSO Live‘
James Mallinson producer; Jonathan Stokes and Neil Hutchinson for Classic Sound Ltd sound engineers; ; Recorded October 2007, Barbican, London; DSD (Direct Stream Digital) recording