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Huntley Dent
Fanfare, March 2015

Haitink’s vigor belies his age, and he has real insight into the score. The orchestral playing and choral singing are impeccable, and as we’ve come to expect from BR-Klassik…the sonics are of studio quality. © 2015 Fanfare Read complete review



John Quinn
MusicWeb International, January 2015

The success of this very fine recording…is due to many things but one such is that Haitink has an excellent trio of soloists at his command. Camilla Tilling offers some delectable singing as Gabriel yet this is a soprano angel with backbone as well as charm and Miss Tilling projects with authority.

From start to finish this oratorio is a miracle of orchestral inventiveness and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks relish the opportunities that are on offer. The Representation of Chaos suggests that we’re in for a treat as far as the playing goes, because Haitink and the players bring out the inventiveness of Haydn’s writing very vividly, not least through their corporate and individual responsiveness to dynamic contrasts. This high standard is maintained throughout.

Bernard Haitink conducts with distinction. [He] paces the score to perfection and he brings out all the delights of Haydn’s scoring. His is a very fine performance indeed… © 2015 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Paul L. Althouse
American Record Guide, January 2015

It has a lot to recommend it, beginning with Haitink, who was 84 at the time. He paces the work slowly enough to have some lyric grace, but also quickly enough to maintain a sense of freshness and innocence. The orchestra plays very well, and the chorus is just right for the piece. © 2015 American Record Guide Read complete review on American Record Guide




Philip Reed
Choir & Organ, January 2015

Haitink brings all his authority, wisdom and long experience to bear on this performance to telling effect: nothing is wasted, nothing overstated, nothing misjudged. © 2015 Choir & Organ




John Sheppard
MusicWeb International, December 2014

This is a performance full of energy, showing a clear awareness of historically informed performance practice, but also with an abundance of good humour and good sense.

I have no hesitation in saying that this is by some way the most satisfying recorded performance of the work I have heard. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review



Richard Wigmore
Gramophone, November 2014

Astonishingly, Haitink waited until he was 82 to conduct The Creation for the first time. Yet his profound sympathy for Haydn’s opus summum is everywhere evident in this live recording… Haitink is predictably superb in movements that encapsulate the 18th-century notion of ‘the sublime’…

This new recording has much to offer, above all Haitink’s noble and exhilarating direction. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Andrew Stewart
Sinfini Music, October 2014

Haitink finds the humanity in Haydn’s late masterpiece…who discovers sublime moments and supreme musicality in this new Creation. © 2014 Sinfini Music Read complete review



Michael Cookson
MusicWeb International, August 2014

The present excellent live account of The Creation with impeccable Bavarian forces under Haitink is beautifully shaped and vividly radiates a fitting sense of reverence. It is undoubtedly a match for the finest in the catalogue. It has the benefit of excellent recorded sound, clear and most satisfactorily balanced. © 2014 MusicWeb International Read complete review





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