Haydn was deeply affected, during a Handel Commemoration, by Messiah. That experience was crucial when he came to write choral music in Vienna. He took a text based on the Bible and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with help by Baron Gottfried van Swieten, who made a German version that deeply moved Haydn.
So The Creation (Die Schöpfung) came to be. The première was a success, and the oratorio began its march through Europe. The work ends with the choir singing Des Herren Ruhm, er bleibt in Ewigkeit: a dramatic view of the creation, which Haydn depicts in three parts: the elements, the animals and human beings, and earthly paradise. The Fall into sin gets only an aside in his work – typical of Haydn.
Die Schöpfung, Hob.XXI:2 (1798)
Liesbeth Devos soprano
Estelle Lefort alto
Peter Gijsbertsen tenor
André Morsch bass*
*due to illness André Morsch will be replaced by Drew Santini