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    Die Schöpfung

    Joseph Haydn

    The creation of the universe by the founding father of Viennese classicism

    Philippe Herreweghe
    Philippe Herreweghe © Wouter Maeckelberghe

    Mari Eriksmoen soprano
    Patrick Grahl tenor
    Florian Boesch bass

    Philippe Herreweghe direction
    Orchestre des Champs-Elysées
    Collegium Vocale Gent

    Sung in German with French and English subtitles

    Approximate running time
    1st part: 1h - Intermission: 20mn - 2nd part: 50mn

    Celebrating the creation of the universe as described in biblical accounts (the Book of Genesis and the Psalms) and in Paradise Lost by the poet John Milton, this accomplished work is considered to be the musician’s masterpiece. At the age of sixty-nine, the founding father of the sonata, architect of Viennese classicism and creator 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 had made several 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.

    Production Théâtre des Champs-Elysées
    France Musique broadcasts this concert on the 18th of february