ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PHILIPPE HERREWEGHE

05/02/2020 — 20:30
Joseph Haydn [1732–1809]

Die Schöpfung Hob.XXI:2

Mari Eriksmoen soprano
Patrick Grahl tenor
Florian Boesch bass

Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs Elysées
Philippe Herreweghe conductor

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Die Schöpfung

Joseph Haydn had never been completely aware of just what an astonishing effect vernacular oratorios could have on audiences. After seeing several performances of Handel’s Messiah in London, he changed his mind completely, apparently having been deeply moved. Awestruck, he started to write his first oratorio, already past the age of sixty. Haydn pulled out all the stops for Die Schöpfung (The Creation), and surpassed himself as an independent and self-aware artist. The official premiere was on 19 March 1799 in Vienna’s Burgtheater, and its success was nothing less than wild!