HAYDN Schöpfung (1966) Janowitz, Wunderlich, Karaj 4497612

But this performance is gloriously memorable for the cultured beauty of the Berlin Philharmonic's playing, and the mingled joy, drama and majesty of the conducting. Then there is the peerless solo line-up, led by Gundula Janowitz's etereal, light filled soprano and the irreplaceable Fritz Wunderlich, who died in a tragic fall before the recording was finished, but whose lyrical, ardently phrased account of the tenor arias is the most urgent single reason for acquiring this great recording.

Best of all . . . is the famous Karajan recording, first released in 1969 but hardly showing its age . . . this performance is gloriously memorable for the cultured beauty of the Berlin Philharmonic's playing, and the mingled joy, drama and majesty of the conducting. Then there is the peerless solo line-up, led by Gundula Janowitz's ethereal, light-filled soprano and the irreplaceable Fritz Wunderlich . . . whose lyrical, ardently phrased account of the tenor arias is the most urgent single reason for acquiring this great recording.