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Die Schöpfung

Joseph Haydn

A lavish highpoint of classical oratorio, The Creation also stands out for its glimpses of fledgling pre-romanticism.

Andrés Orozco-Estrada
Andrés Orozco-Estrada - DR

Cast

Slávka Zámečníková | soprano
Allan Clayton | tenor
Matthias Goerne | baritone

Andrés Orozco-Estrada | direction
Orchestre National de France
Chœur de Radio France | direction Lionel Sow

Sung in german with French and English subtitles

To read

Celebrating the creation of the universe according to biblical accounts (the Book of Genesis and Psalms) and Paradise Lost by the poet John Milton, this accomplished work is considered the musician’s masterpiece. At the age of over sixty-five, the founder of the sonata form, the driving force behind Viennese classicism, and the composer of a monumental catalogue of symphonies and string quartets, decided to take on the oratorio genre which Handel had perfected. Haydn made several trips to London, where he heard works on a number of occasions by Handel, who still enjoyed great renown. He wanted to make his own mark on the oratorio genre in turn with this hymn to the creator. It was a huge success and prompted him three years later to write The Seasons, which was equally rapturously received.

Coproduction Théâtre des Champs-Elysées | Radio France

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