Run time, 142 minutes, plus 40 minutes of bonus features. Subtitles in English/French/German/Spanish.
List Price: $26.00
A Crowning Achievement
After Handel's Messiah, Haydn's Creation is the most popular and most performed oratorio ever written. From the opening orchestral portrait of the beginning chaos, through to the crowning “Achieved is the glorious work,” the passion of Haydn’s music, and his exuberant joy in creation itself, resounds in the ears of all listeners.
In the words of one reviewer, The Creation DVD from The Soli Deo Gloria collection is "the most enjoyable Creation I have seen. The visual aspects supply more interest and value than usual, from the light interiors of a plain Dutch church." (Fanfare).
"John Nelson’s energetic direction…certainly makes [its] 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."
—Richard Wigmore, Gramophone
"The Creation is definitely the crowning of Haydn's life . . . It is so full of enjoyment, of charm, of witty things. You can see Haydn smiling all the way through the piece. I think that's one of the reasons people love it so much. I don't think there is any composer who had more of a sense of humor than Haydn. He was just naturally given to fun, to joy, to humor ... and you find it all in this music."
"The Dutch orchestra's period-informed playing features some fine instrumental solos over the work's substantial course, and the choir responds sensitively to Haydn's rich, imaginative writing."
—George Hall, BBC Music Magazine
"This DVD…brings us a very serious performance that radiates constant joy. Lisa Milne and Werner Güra 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 ... I heartily recommend this DVD; it is the most enjoyable Creation I have seen…"—James H. North, Fanfare
"When I think upon my God, my heart is so full of joy
that notes dance and leap from my pen."
—Franz Joseph Haydn
THE SOLI DEO GLORIA COLLECTION / IDÉALE AUDIENCE