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In my view, the best,
This review is from: Haydn: The Creation (Audio CD)
Haydn authorized an English version (He had a businessman's eye!) and McCreesh tidies up some of the original lyricist Van Sweeten's quaint phrases, as he explains in his booklet note. To my mind, it has freshness without the irritating archaisms.
The CD performance itself is simply outstanding: it emerged before the memorable large-scale Proms performance of 2009, which itself replicated early performances done during Haydn's lifetime.
The soloists, pace an above reviewer, are all very good. I would say that Mark Padmore is outstanding; what a story teller!
The choir and orchestra are also stars; the timpani are particularly punchy, and the grandeur and abundant range of Haydn's masterpiece is vividly conveyed.
It is as vital as a live performance and, because it is in English, has greater immediacy.
All in all, there is none better on record.