Oct 31

Die Schöpfung, by Franz Haydn, performed by Leonard Bernstein and Bayerischen Rundfunks ?????

I review this recording in conjunction with Herbert von Karajan,s version of the same oratorio. Both are excellent, though both are completeley different. Both command the best of the best soloists, this version using Judith Blegen, Thomas Moser, Kurt Moll, Lucia Pop, etc. In both, the sound is superb. Bernstein’s performance has a more aggressive, forward feel to it. It is conducted as though he were conducting an opera. It is always lively, with a sense of sprint to the pieces including the various solists pieces. This is a performance of Haydn’s oratorio that is much worth having. See critic above…

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