© 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

LPO conducted by Klaus Tennstedt

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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'Legendary East German conductor Klaus Tennstedt was primarily associated with the music of Mahler, though he was also a remarkable Haydn interpreter if this astonishing performance of The Creation is anything to go by. The playing and choral singing are consistently thrilling, while the line-up of soloists has rarely been bettered … clearly an exceptional achievement.’
The Guardian, 10 February 2006 

‘Strong performances all round on this BBC recording of a live performance from 1984, but especially from Lucia Popp as Gabriel and, later, Eve. Klaus Tennstedt holds down the orchestra to enable the singers to be heard, while the LPO Choir give a focused performance.’
Alexander Bryce, Scotland on Sunday, 29 January 2006

‘Soloists well worth hearing, notably the soprano Lucia Popp, so radiant and expressive. Direct and fluent singing, too, from the baritone Benjamin Luxon and tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson. The LPO chorus is vigorous, while Tennstedt ensures nobility.’
Geoff Brown, The Times, 17 February 2006

‘Klaus Tennstedt conducted this glorious performance (in German) of Haydn’s great oratorio in the Festival Hall in February 1984. We should be thankful that the BBC recorded it, not only because of the general high standard of the choral and orchestral contribution but also because of the three soloists. Anthony Rolfe Johnson’s stylish and impeccably phrased Uriel is a model for young singers, while Benjamin Luxon as Adam and Raphael reminds us of what we lost when this unmistakable baritone was forced by illness to retire far too early. As for the soprano roles of Eve and the Archangel Gabriel, they are sung by the late Lucia Popp with the radiance and intensity that made her Mozart and Strauss so adorable and are no less winning here.’
The Sunday Telegraph, 26 February 2006

‘Recorded live in 1984 with a stunning team of soloists during the LPO’s classic period under Klaus Tennstedt’s directorship, this glowing performance is almost up there with Karajan (DG) and Schreier on DVD (ArtHaus). With so much to savour it seems unfair to single anyone out, but Lucia Popp’s solos are simply to die for.’
Julian Haylock, Classic FM Magazine, April 2006

‘Altogether the best reasons for acquiring this German language set come down to its three principals: baritone Benjamin Luxon is direct, firm and sensitive; tenor Anthony Rolfe Johnson is mellifluous and articulate; and soprano Lucia Popp is a more than welcome miracle of luminous tone and finely judged expression.’
George Hall, BBC Music Magazine, March 2006

‘Haydn’s monumental oratorio The Creation is given a glorious treatment by the London Philharmonic in this 1984 recording …The choral forces are mustered with telling effect.’
Gavin Engelbrecht, The Northern Echo, 2 February 2006

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