Dazzling light in Haydn's Creation

Haydn's Biblical masterpiece displays the wonders of some shining classical performers, performing his popular oratorio.

Composer: Haydn
Repertoire: The Creation
Artists: Sunhae Im, Jan Kobow, Hanno Mueller-Brachmann, VokalEnsemble Köln, Capella Augustina/Spering
Rating: 3/5
Genre: Vocal
Label: Naxos 8.557830

The repertoire-led Naxos label is in danger of discovering a new star in Korean soprano Sunhae Im in this disc of Haydn’s Creation. Her Gabriel flows like liquid silver, her Eve adds an exciting, brittle innocence. Conductor Andreas Spering keeps the dances spritely and the tone-painting eerie. The ‘Representation of Chaos’ overture is gripping. Im, dazzling among the soloists, inspires the chorus to multiple climaxes, at the cost of the actual finale.