The Creation, the sumptuous culmination of the classical oratorio, is a radiant herald of Pre-Romanticism.
Sandrine Piau © Sandrine Expilly
Jean-Claude Malgoire - DR
Sandrine Piau soprano
Antoine Bélanger tenor
Alain Buet bass-baritone
Jean-Claude Malgoire direction
La Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy
Chœur de chambre de Namur
Celebrating the creation of the universe as described in biblical accounts (the Book of Genesis and the Psalms) and Paradise Lost by the poet John Milton, this remarkable work is held to be the musician’s masterpiece. At the age of sixty-nine, the founding father of the sonata, architect of Viennese classicism and composer of a vast catalogue of symphonies and string quartets, was keen to return to the oratorio genre which Handel had pushed to its peak. Haydn, who made a few trips to London, had heard several works by "Caro Sassone", who still enjoyed great fame. He wanted to make his own mark on the oratorio genre and composed this ode to the creator. It was a huge success and prompted him to compose The Seasons, which was similarly highly acclaimed.
Jeanine Roze Production
Sung in German with French subtitles