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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

    Nikola Hillebrand | soprano
    Allan Clayton | tenor
    Marie-George Monet | alto
    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

    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
    France Musique broadcasts this concert

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