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Thu 23 Jun

J. Haydn
The Creation

8:30pm | St. Stephen's Cathedral


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Listen to Joseph Haydn's "The Creation" with the period-instrument orchestra Wiener Akademie, the Chorus sine nomine and renowned soloists in St. Stephen's Cathedral. It is one of the great musical masterpieces of the Viennese classical period.

Written between 1796 and 1798, the oratorio takes as its theme the creation of the world as explained in Genesis, with the praise of God at its center.
Joseph Haydn, then already over sixty, was greatly inspired by this theme. However, working on this work turned out to be particularly difficult for him and brought the composer to the limits of his physical as well as artistic strength. Above all, the religious aspect of the work put him under pressure. He therefore worked with the utmost care and fear of God. Later he once confessed: "I was also never so pious as during the time I was working on Creation; daily I fell down on my knees and asked God to give me strength for the successful execution of this work."

The first performance took place in 1798 before a private - mostly aristocratic - audience in the palace of Prince Joseph Schwarzenberg in Vienna; the public premiere did not take place until a year later at the Vienna Court Theater. There, 120 instrumentalists and 60 singers were employed. Both premieres were grandiose successes. Even the first sounds, depicting the chaos from which God created the earth, went beyond the scope of music known at the time. The work experienced a worldwide triumphal success. It was frequently performed again during Haydn's lifetime, and it was not long before the exceptional status of the work was appreciated throughout Europe. The three soloists represent the archangels Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, who narrate and comment on the six days of creation.

Martin Haselböck and his Orchester Wiener Akademie have often performed "The Creation" at home and abroad in its original sound and at very special venues. The performance in St. Stephen's Cathedral adds a new dimension to the work. The cathedral becomes a sound space, filled with the arias and choruses from Haydn's masterpiece. An illustrious ensemble of soloists, the wonderful Chorus sine nomine and the great original sound ensemble Orchester Wiener Akademie under Martin Haselböck promise an unforgettable concert evening.

COVID prevention: According to the current laws masks are not mandatory. However, we still recommend wearing a mask. A COVID certificate is not required.

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