Joseph Haydn undertook the composition of The Creation starting at the age of 65, and it took him a year and a half to complete the work. A deeply religious man, he later said, «Never had I been so devout as when I was composing The Creation. Everyday I fell to my knees and prayed to God to give me strength for my work».
The concert provides unique opportunity to experience first-hand the beauty of the church Grote Kerk, where the acoustics are said to make music sound magical.
DVD extras: A 30-minutes documentary including rehearsal sessions with commentary by John Nelson, Audio excerpts from Soli Deo Gloria commissioned works.
Special packaging with Slipcase
Picture format DVD: NTSC 16:9
Sounds formats DVD: PCM Stereo
Region code: 0
Subtitles: German, English, French
Booklet notes: English, German, French
Running time: 172 mins (142 mins Concert + 30 mins Bonus)
German FSK: 0
“The Dutch orchestra's period-informed playing features some fine insturmental solos over the work's substantial course, and the choir responds sensitively to Haydn's rich, imaginative writing...[Crowe and Beyer] sound immaculately fresh, with Crowe's bright, agile soprano matching Beyer's healthy baritone note-for-note.”
“Haydn's great celebratory choruses never fail to refresh and uplift. Under John Nelson's energetic direction they certainly make their mark here...the Netherlands Radio Choir sing with vigorous attack and a full, firm tone. Orchestral playing - modern instruments used with an awareness of period style - is alert...Camerawork throughout is sensible and unfussy, closely attuned to what is going on in the music.”
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