Haydn: Die Schöpfung; Little Organ Mass

Haydn: Die Schöpfung; Little Organ Mass
Karl Münchinger
Catalogue No.


Die Schöpfung (The Creation)
Elly Ameling, soprano (Gabriel)
Werner Krenn, tenor (Uriel)
Tom Krause, bass (Raphael)
Erna Spoorenberg, soprano (Eva)
Robin Fairhurst, bass (Adam)
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Chorus Master: Wilhelm Pitz
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Münchinger

Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo
(Little Organ Mass)

Elly Ameling, soprano
Peter Planyavsky, organ
Wiener Staatsopernchor
Norbert Balatsch, chorus master
Wiener Philharmoniker
Karl Münchinger

Recording information

Recording Producers: Ray Minshull, Christopher Raeburn (Die Schöpfung); James Mallinson (Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo)
Balance Engineers: James Lock, James Brown (Die Schöpfung); Colin Moorfoot, Philip Wade (Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo)
Recording Location: Sofiensaal, Vienna, Austria, May-June 1967 (Die Schöpfung), December 1974 (Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo)


‘A splendid recording. Chorus and orchestra both sound large, which is what Haydn wanted, and both are in superb form, while the soloists are as good as in any other version and better than most. … The playing of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra is superlative. This music is in their blood and no praise can be too high for the glorious playing they give us all through … Tom Krause has never done anything so good as this … Werner Krenn is a most sensitive and poetic Uriel. He has a voice of beautiful lyrical quality, and phrases most musically. … Fresh and youthful also is Elly Ameling’s beautifully sung Gabriel. … The Vienna State Opera Chorus sing superbly and with admirable enunciation of the words, and the balance of parts is excellent. They are obviously as much in love with their task as the rest. The highest praise must go to Münchinger for his inspired direction of the score. “Achieved”, indeed, “is the glorious work” as never before on disc.’ (The Creation) Gramophone

‘The short Haydn Mass (less than a side) is a beauty; deeply felt and wonderfully expressed’ (Little Organ Mass) Gramophone