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Brian Burns
Choral Journal, June 2013

The soloists are excellent and seem thoroughly at home in late classical repertory. Lisa Milne’s Gabriel is an impressive mixture of subtlety and power; elegance and force. Her singing throughout is effortless.

The singing of the Netherlands Radio Choir is highly appropriate for the repertory; the dancelike, forward propulsion in the large choral movements is an absolute joy to listen to, and the attention to dynamic nuance mirrors the gentle subtlety and the explosive passion of the orchestra quite impressively.

The overall impact of this performance is one of infectious celebration and wonder. Interest is piqued throughout the piece in many ways, from the subtle shifts in fortepiano accompaniment during the recitatives, to the obvious happiness of the soloists as they progress from describing creation to celebrating it, to the broad dynamic continuum of the choir to the commanding, encouraging presence of John Nelson at the helm. Even the bonus material, which contains a fascinating interview with Nelson and some interesting rehearsal footage, is wonderful. © 2013 Choral Journal



Richard Wigmore
Gramophone, March 2012

Given a spirit of joyous enthusiasm, Haydn’s great celebratory choruses never fail to refresh and uplift…John Nelson’s energetic direction…certainly make their 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. © 2012 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone



James H. North
Fanfare, March 2012

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, and even a second trombonist gets into it…The visual aspects supply more interest and value than usual, from the light interiors of a plain Dutch church…Visual direction is imaginative yet simple: We glimpse a soloist through the golden curlicues of an electric-candled chandelier; the cameras always find the right view and linger just long enough. Video quality…is good…

…I heartily recommend this DVD; it is the most enjoyable Creation I have seen… © 2012 Fanfare Read complete review on Fanfare






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