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  • Orchestra: Capella Augustina
  • Conductor: Andreas Spering
  • Composer: Franz Joseph Haydn
  • Audio CD (28 Mar. 2005)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Naxos
  • ASIN: B0007XHKZI
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 185,130 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.1: Die Vorstellung des Chaos (The Representation of Chaos) 6:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I: Im Anfange schuf Gott Himmel und Erde (In the beginning God created Heaven and Earth) (Raphael, Uriel, Chorus) 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.2: Nun schwanden vor dem heiligen Strahle (Now vanish before the holy beams) (Uriel, Chorus) 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.3: Und Gott machte das Firmament (And God made the firmament) (Raphael) 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.4: Mit Staunen sieht das Wunderwerk (The marv'lous work beholds amaz'd (Gabriel) 1:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.5: Und Gott sprach: Es sammle sich das Wasser (And God said: Let the waters under the heaven) (Raphael)0:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.6: Rollend in schaumenden Wellen (Rolling in foaming billows) (Raphael) 3:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.7: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde Gras hervor (And God said: Let all the earth bring forth grass) (Gabriel)0:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.8: Nun beut dir Flur das frische Grun (With verdure clad the fields appear) (Gabriel) 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.9: Und die himmlischen Heerscharen (And the Heav'nly host proclaimed the third day) (Uriel)0:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.10: Stimmt an die Saiten (Awake the harp) (Chorus) 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.11: Und Gott sprach: Es seien Lichter an der Feste des Himmels (And God said: Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven)0:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.12: In vollem Glanze steiget jetzt die Sonne (In splendour bright is rising now the sun) (Uriel) 3:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part I, No.13: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (The heavens are telling the glory of God) (Gabriel, Uriel, Raphael, Chorus) 3:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.14: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe das Wasser in der Fulle hervor (And God said: Let the waters bring forth abundantly) (Gabriel)0:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.15: Auf starkem Fittiche schwinget sich der Adler stolz (On mighty pens uplifted soars the eagle aloft) (Gabriel) 7:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.16: Und Gott schuf grosse Walfische (And God created great whales) (Raphael) 2:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.17: Und die Engel ruhrten ihre unsterblichen Harfen (And the angels struck their immortal harps) (Raphael)0:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, Nos.18-19: In holder Anmut stehn (Most beautiful appear) (Trio) / Der Herr ist gross (The Lord is great) (Trio and Chorus) 6:41£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.20: Und Gott sprach: Es bringe die Erde hervor lebende Geschopfe (And God said: Let the earth bring forth the living creature)0:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.21: Gleich offnet sich der Erde Schoss (Straight opening her fertile womb) (Raphael) 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.22: Nun scheint in vollem Glanze der Himmel (Now heav'n in fullest glory shone) (Raphael) 3:21£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.23: Und Gott schuf den Menschen nach seinem Ebenbilde (And God created man in his own image) (Uriel)0:43£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.24: Mit Wurd' und Hoheit angetan (In native worth and honour clad) (Uriel) 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, No.25: Und Gott sah jedes Ding, was er gemacht hatte (And God saw ev'rything that he had made) (Raphael)0:25£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part II, Nos.26-28: Vollendet ist das grosse Werk (Chorus) / Zu dir, o Herr, blickt alles auf (Trio) / Vollendet ist das grosse Werk 9:07Album Only
Listen  8. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part III, No. 29: Aus Rosenwolken (In rosy mantle appears) (Uriel) 4:23£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part III, No.30: Von deiner Gut', o Herr und Gott (By thee with bliss, O bounteous Lord) (Eve and Adam, Chorus) 9:40Album Only
Listen10. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part III, No.31: Nun ist die erste Pflicht erfullt (Our duty we performed now) (Adam and Eve) 2:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part III, No.32: Holde Gattin! (Graceful consort!) (Adam and Eve) 7:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part III, No.33: O glucklich Paar (O happy pair) (Uriel)0:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Die Schopfung (The Creation), Hob.XXI:2: Part III, No.34: Singt dem Herren alle Stimmen (Sing the Lord, ye voices all!) 3:27£0.79  Buy MP3 

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Oratorio sacré / Sunhae Im, sop. - Christine Wehler, alto - Jan Kobow, ténor - Hanno Muller-Brachmann, bar.-b. - Ensemble Vocal de Cologne - Capella Augustina - Andreas Spering, direction

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ralph Moore TOP 50 REVIEWER on 4 Mar. 2015
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Wedded as I am to my favourite Big Band recordings of this wonderful oratorio by the likes of Karajan, Bernstein and Dorati, I had to play this a few times before I found myself reconciled to and appreciating the leaner textures of this period instrument performance with a smaller choir. Nonetheless, it now strikes me as wholly recommendable in both artistic and interpretative terms, because it catches the vivacious spirit of a piece which exudes a kind of childlike joyousness, especially when we progress on to the "Noah's Ark" litany celebrating the diversity of Creation.

The smaller forces allow details and textures to emerge and it's nice to hear the lively harpsichord continuo clearly. The opening achieves massive dignity by dint of slow, careful phrasing with significant pauses and tellingly graded dynamics; then the bass-baritone creeps in, mezza voce and vibratoless to suggest a kind of hushed awe before the explosion of "Licht" simulating the Big Bang. It is that singer who, with his oddly plaintive tone, presents a drawback to this recording as I cannot surrender my desire to hear a big, rotund bass like Kurt Moll intone those hieratic narratives and plumb the depths when singing of the whale and the earth groaning under its weight of livestock, but he is certainly an expressive, engaging singer, providing more variety than he does as Papageno in a later recording for Abbado. The tenor is light, flexible and attractive but the best voice here is the Korean soprano Sunhae Im, whose lovely, shimmering sound is a judicious admixture of Barbara Bonney, Kathleen Battle and her senior compatriot Sumi Jo - and I cannot pay her a higher compliment. I am surprised that we have not heard more of her since.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Hobbs on 8 Jan. 2012
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This is simply too good not to have any reviews against it.

The rhythms are full of life, the clarity from the small forces is excellent and there is also majesty when required.

I have hung back on buying a version of the creation for many a year, asking myself how much I wanted it when I'm nore familiar with messiah and the b-minor mass. Naxos pricing is an advantage.
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By P Emerson on 2 Oct. 2014
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Lovely music, reasonable price and fast service
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Haydn's "Creation" on Naxos 24 May 2005
By Robin Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
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Haydn's oratorio, "The Creation" is his greatest work and a masterpiece of music indeed. It receives an incandescent, inspiring performance in this recent release on Naxos - that would be a must have at any price -- by the VocalEnsembleKoln and the Capella Augustana conducted by Andreas Spering.

Haydn composed "The Creation" between 1796 and 1798 following his two trips to London. During his second trip to London, Haydn heard performances of Handel oratorios in Westminister Abbey, and became greatly interested in revitalizing the form. By this time, Haydn's entire symphonic output was behind him.

The work was first performed in Vienna in 1799. There are two texts, in German and in English, each regarded as equally authentic. The performance on this CD is in German. The work, simply enough, consists of three parts and tells the story of the Biblical six days of creation through the creation of Adam and Eve. The work includes three extensive solo parts for the angels Raphael (bass), Gabriel (tenor) and Uriel (soprano) with the bass and soprano doing double-duty in Part III as Adam and Eve.

In discussing "The Creation", Haydn reportedly told a biographer that "since God has given me a cheerful heart, it will be pardoned me that I serve Him with a cheerful spirit." This remark captures much, but not all, of "The Creation" and of Haydn's music. Haydn's good cheer comes through in the work in the many tone-pictures he creates of the birds, and animals and works of Creation. Larks, eagles, nightingales, lions, tigers, whales, brooks, and much else are orchestrally portrayed as accompaniment to some wonderful arias and recitives. But the work is deeply inspiring and serious, particularly in the rousing choruses such as "The heavens are telling the glory of God" which concludes Part I, and the equally jubiliant finales for Parts II and III.

One of the greatest moments of the work is the orchestral introduction which is Haydn's musical representation of chaos. This section is strikingly modernistic. It develops a great deal of tension and works through a number of keys as it sets the stage for the angel Rahpael to proclaim "Let there be Light" Haydn also expanded the form of the oratorio in this work by combining passages for the chorus and the soloists in a single aria -- which Handel never did. The effect is expansive and symphonic. There is a beautiful long duet for Adam and Eve near the conclusion of the work (no. 32) witnessing their joy in life and their new-found love for each other.

The performers on this CD are splendid throughout. I particularly enjoyed the choruses and the lovely, light voice of soprano Sunhae Im. Tenor Jan Kobow and bass Hanno Muller-Brachmann also sing beautifully.

The disc does not include a libretto, but it does have a detailed synopsis and the full text is available on the Naxos website. This is one of the most enjoyable CDs I have heard in a long while. It is a near-ideal performance of Haydn at his greatest.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
price: low end - quality: highest end 19 Feb. 2006
By jg - Published on Amazon.com
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I have several recordings of this work (all of the German version), including Karajan and Bernstein, both of which I like. I also participated in performances myself (violin). This recording on period instruments is top notch, the soloists are very good. First time I heard the introduction (Das Chaos) I was blown away, this is indeed the most intense "Chaos" I know, the choir "enters" in the most beautiful pianissimo I ever heard and when it finally "becomes light" ("Es werde Licht") the effect is breathtaking. A lot of the full price recordings won't reach the quality presented here - for this price. Excellent clear recording as well! Can't go wrong here.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
A wonderful new soprano, and a brilliant recording 30 Mar. 2006
By Archimedes - Published on Amazon.com
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Run, don't walk!

Persuaded by Steve Schwartz's review (on ClassM-L) of the recording of Haydn's Creation on Naxos [Soprano: Sunhae Im, Tenor: Jan Kobow, Bass: Hanno Muller-Brachmann, Vocalensemble Köln / Capella Augustina / Andreas Spering], I sent away for it, and it arrived yesterday.

Well!

Honestly, I have heard very few really bad recordings of the Creation; it seems to inspire everyone to do outdo themselves. Still, this recording has lots to set it apart from others that are merely excellent. To my ears, it is the soloists who really clinch the quality of any recording of the Creation. In this recording, the solists are impossible to find fault with, and the soprano is brilliant.

The Soprano, Sunhae Im, has a light, confident voice that is perfect for the role, rhapsodic, worshipful, joyous or playful as the piece demands, powerful but never quite shrill. I was about to give the opinion that Ms Im should soon earn a major reputation in this repertoire, but she already has (she has performed with Hogwood, Chailly and Blomstedt).

The Bass and Tenor, Messrs Muller-Brachmann and Kabow, do admirably, but I must confess that in this work I have never really noticed the other solo voices. The bass does a gorgeous job with the Great Whales, and the tenor has a beautifully expressive voice that has just the right balance of pride and delight, as he narrates how the process of creation unfolds. Ms Im did not dominate in any way; quite the opposite. The ensemble pieces--and there are several brilliant ones--are perfectly balanced. Nobody tries to outyell anyone else.

As mentioned in Steve Schwartz's review, the orchestra and even the chorus, do not shrink from making sounds that would have been considered somewhat harsh a decade ago. This only adds to the overall effect; unfortunately, if you want to listen to the recording at your workplace you must have lightning-fast fingers on the volume control, because not only is the dynamic range quite wide, there are abrupt volume changes, e.g. "and there was LIGHT!" Oh mama!

Wonderful tone, attack and phrasing. This Spering must be taken notice of.

Summary: an excellent buy, and if you like The Creation, a must-have.

Now I must go back and try to listen a little more carefully to the contralto, Christine Weir, who apparently only appears in No. 34, the last number. Talk among yourselves.

Santu de Silva (Archimedes)
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
All sunlight and smiles--a Creation that ranks among the best 16 May 2006
By Santa Fe Listener - Published on Amazon.com
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Maxos has become a byword in good-enough performances of masterpieces, but this Cologne-based 'Creation' is a wonderful exception. Everything about it is first-rate, and most surprising of all, the period approach yields real freshness and vibrancy--this must be the sunniest "Creation" on disc. There's not a hint of Gardiner's brash amateurishness or Harnoncourt's weird sonorities. Spering's orchestra and chorus perform with infectious joy throughout.

Better still, the vocal soloists, usually the weak link in historical performances, are excellent. The sparkling Korean soprano Sunhae Im reminds me of a young Barbara Bonney, her only failing being that she can sound a bit mechanical at times. Jan Kobow has the light timbre of most period tenors--he is cut out to be a fine Evangelist in the Bach Passions--but uses his instrument with real style, and baritone Hanno Muller-Brachmann, my favorite in the group, is bright and forward, very different from the cavernous basses one hears too often. All in all, a delightful find, especially for those of us who keep grumbling about the lack of musicality in period recordings of great Classical works.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
From Chaos to Divine Order 11 May 2007
By Robin Dalziell - Published on Amazon.com
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After the completion of the last of his symphonies - the 104th - Haydn turned his creative energies to a series of masterful chorale works including his wonderful conception of the Creation. Drawn from three sources; Genesis, the Book of Psalms and Milton's 'Paradise Lost', the libretto was originally published in both English and German. It is the German version (Die Schopfung) that is recorded in this remarkable performance.
It seems Haydn was immensely impressed with the oratorios of Handel, some of which he had heard at a Handel festival during one of his visits to London.
The Creation is a significant development on the Handel oratorio, particularly how the moods of the text are so dramatically projected, almost operatic. Haydn's use of orchestral colouring is highly inventive. The opening 'Representation of Chaos' is a fine example and Sperling and his forces load the episode with gravitas and foreboding.
The performance continues to exhibit an admirable alertness to the unfolding drama of the work. I had a strong feeling that I was hearing Haydn's Creation without, the sometimes, overbearing influence of some conductors or other luminaries.
The orchestra is splendidly responsive to Sperring's imaginative direction, supported by a chorus which is able to project both power and refinement.
The youthful sounding soloists are most appealing and have the technique to prevail against the great eruptions from chorus and orchestra.
This recording has nothing to fear from comparison with Gardiner's or Kuijken's more lyrical approach, while Karajan's, 'big band' approach is something special, it will be to Sperring's that I will more frequently turn.
It is interesting to note that one of Napoleon's first acts as he marched into Vienna was to place a guard of honour around Haydn's house. Fascinating too, that one of the last pieces of music that Haydn heard was the famous tenor aria from The Creation; 'Mit Wurd und Hoheit ungetan' - 'In native worth and honour clad'.
All in all, only an urgent recommendation will suffice.
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