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There is no shortage of excellent accounts of Haydn’s choral masterpiece on CD: the popularity of The Creation, with its vivid characterisation and richly coloured orchestration, is seemingly unassailable. Despite working with a large choir and modern instruments, Orozco-Estrada manages to drive the action in a well-paced account that never misses Haydn’s genius for a felicitous harmonic twist or orchestral colour to reflect the drama. The large choir delivers at every turn, revelling especially in Haydn’s more extrovert writing. The male soloists fare better than their female companion, whose diction is not flawless and whose tone is perhaps a shade too vibrant for Haydn’s soundworld. But it’s an enjoyable account, though perhaps not one that would displace the best recordings.

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