Haydn: Die Schöpfung (the Creation)

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Catalog: DYN-CDS7909.02

Mehta, Zubin; Volle, Michael; Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino; Schmitt, Maximilian; Müller, Hanna-Elisabeth

Inspired by hearing performances of Handel’s oratorios during his visits to London, Haydn composed Die Schöpfung (‘The Creation’) in 1798. Through a series of accompanied recitatives, arias, duets and choruses, the music depicts the creation of the universe and the carefree existence of Adam and Eve. Haydn drew on the full complement of his symphonic and vocal prowess which reach peaks of almost operatic intensity. With rich harmonies and sonic magnificence in abundance, Die Schöpfung represents the apex of the Viennese oratorio tradition.

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