Album DescriptionInspired by Haydn’s trips to England, where he first heard Handel’s oratorios, The Creation is widely considered Haydn’s crowning masterpiece. Set for three vocal soloists, four-part chorus, and a large Classical orchestra, there seems little doubt that Haydn wanted a big sound (by the standard of his day) for this work. Based on both the biblical Book of Genesis and Milton’s Paradise Lost, the oratorio was premiered in the US by the Handel and Haydn Society in 1819.
Harry Christophers says:
“Haydn’s music is always a joy to perform but with The Creation he excels himself allowing soloists, chorus and period orchestra to revel in vivid word painting, both vocal and instrumental. Can there be a more consistently happy work than The Creation? Feel free to smile at his genius.”
ArtistsSarah Tynan soprano Gabriel, Eve
Jeremy Ovenden tenor Uriel
Matthew Brook bass-baritone Raphael, Adam
Handel and Haydn Society
Total Playing Time: 1hrs 38 mins