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Giovanni Antonini has been recording the complete symphonies of Joseph Haydn with the Alpha label for more than five years. Now the series is enriched by another monument by the Austrian composer: Die Schöpfung (The Creation), recorded in 2019 with the Bavarian Radio Chorus and his own orchestra, Il Giardino Armonico. This great oratorio was inspired by those of Handel, which Haydn heard performed by very large forces during his visits to England. The Creation, composed between September 1796 and April 1798, demanded such a colossal effort of him that he even fell ill just after its first performance; but the work enjoyed immense success. The marriage between the Bavarian chorus, so familiar with this masterpiece, and the period-instrument musicians of Il Giardino Armonico works perfectly, with a vocal trio composed of leading soloists: Anna Lucia Richter, Maximilian Schmitt and Florian Boesch.

Presto Classical Recording of the week award

"Giovanni Antonini (…) catches as exhilaratingly as anyone both the spirit and the letter of Haydn's unsullied vision. "
Gramophone
"It is his inspiring direction, his multi-faceted conception of a work that runs a gamut from ultimate grandeur to near child-like wonder, that has produced this spellbinding, life-enhancing testament. "
Early Music Review
"The opening sequence, depicting Chaos, is one of the best I have heard, with superb control of dynamics and pace. The players of Il Giardino Armonico are on top form throughout. "
Andrew Belson-Wilson Blog
"Antonini has a fine line-up of soloists, and they clearly enjoy themselves: the soprano Anna Lucia Richter and the tenor Maximilian Schmidt both have attractively light-toned voices, and Richter's discreet embellishments are unfailingly musical."
BBC Music Magazine
"The playing of Il Giardino Armonico is of virtuoso quality throughout."
MusicWeb International