||JOSEPH HAYDN - The Creation (Die Schöpfung) - Martin Pearlman (Conductor) - Boston Baroque -
Amanda Forsythe (Soprano) - Keith Jameson (Tenor) - Kevin Deas (Bass-baritone) - 2-Disc Hybrid SACD - 691062040129 - Released: August 2012 - Linn Records CKD401|
The beauty of this new recording of Joseph Haydn's The Creation (Die Schöpfung) lies in its unfeathered simplicity.
The impact of the performance stems from its "let the music speak for itself" approach. Plain and simple. When compared to other recent versions (René
Jacobs and the Freiburger Barockorchester on Harmonia Mundi from 2009 for example), who tried so hard to be "authentic" on the one hand, and yet attempted to move Haydn
up a century or two expressively on the other, and in the process rendered the music abrasive and unbearable to listen to, this performance with the Boston Baroque
orchestra under the direction of Martin Pearlman is a delightful listening experience. The tempos are generally more relaxed, more congenial to the written
score, and allow both the musicians and singers to better project the meaning of the text. Soprano Amanda Forsythe, tenor Keith Jameson
and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, dispense with all manner of operatic delivery, focusing instead on beauty of tone and fluid lines. Duets in particular
are distinguished by an effortless flow, almost dance-like, character. The 25 strong choir is in precise proportion to the overall forces, and the recording's perspective
has it coming from the back, as it should.