Die Schöpfung

 

Haydn Die Schöpfung (The Creation) oratorio. Directed 2017 by Carlus Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus at La Seine Musicale, Île Seguin, France. Stars Mari Eriksmoen (Gabriel/Eva), Daniel Schmutzhard (Raphael/Adam), and Martin Mitterrutzner (Uriel). Laurence Equilbey conducts the Insula Orchestra and the accentus (sic) choir (Chorus Master Marc Korovitch). Directed for TV by Isabelle Soulard. Released 2018, disc has 5.1 dts-HD Master Audio sound. Grade: NA

Laurence Equilbey is a female conductor (Chevalier of the French Legion of Merit) and founder of Insula (a period-instrument orchestra) and accentus (a choral group not to be confused with the Accentus recording company that has produced many HDVDs). Equilbey is a newcomer to our market, but we have seen a good bit of Carlus Padrissa and La Fura dels Baus over the years. If you don’t know Padrissa’s distinctive high-tech work, here are two clips from Naxos to introduce you to it. It’s a little different from the last oratorio you saw at your church:

Here is a 30-minute behind-the-scenes look from Insula Orchestra: