Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


The Creation 216 years since it brought fame to its composer

The Creation 216 years since it brought fame to its composer


One of history’s most famous composers, Joseph Haydn, once confessed, “I want to write a work that will give permanent fame to my name in the world”.


The Creation is this work. First performed in 1798, it was an immediate success with both the nobility and the public. If it was released today, it would reach the equivalent level of success as an enduring Number One hit. Haydn was a recognised celebrity.


Although the premiere was by invitation only, swarms of people crowded the streets surrounding Vienna’s Schwarzenberg Palace and police were needed to control the crowds. Someone lucky enough to make it inside recalled the performance:


For the life of me, I would not have believed that human lungs and sheep gut and calf’s skin [instrument materials] could create such miracles. The music, all by itself, described thunder and lightning, and then you would have heard the rain falling and the water rushing and the birds singing and the lion roaring, and you could even hear the worms crawling along the ground. In short, I never left a theatre more contented, and all night I dreamed of the creation of the world.


The first public performance in 1799 sold out well in advance and demand for this great work meant that it was performed almost 40 times in Vienna alone, and internationally in England, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Russia, and the United States.


Almost the length of a modern day feature film, The Creation was a mighty artistic task. Following its premiere, Haydn descended into a state of exhaustion saying, “I spent much time over it because I expect it to last a long time”. It is the perfect musical recipe – a cast of well-known vocal soloists, full four-part choir and the large-scale forces of a Classical orchestra. As Haydn intended, it has remained one of the most famous musical works in the classical repertoire, cementing his reputation for all time.


The Creation celebrates the miracle of being alive, taking inspiration from The Bible’s The Book of Genesis and English poet John Milton’s canonic work Paradise Lost. This sensational three-part oratorio tells the ultimate story of chaos giving way to a new paradise of insects, plants, animals and humanity. The music shimmers with light and is irresistibly uplifting.


With renowned early music specialist Nicholas McGegan leading the NZSO, this Creation will be a lasting memory. Last year, McGegan toured with the NZSO to conduct Magnificent Mozart and in 2006 he debuted with the Orchestra for the popular Mozart Festival. He is Music Director of San Francisco’s Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, the foremost period ensemble in the United States, and he’s in demand as a guest conductor by prestigious international orchestras like the Concertgebouw and Chicago Symphony.


It’s always special when the national orchestra reunites home audiences with critically-acclaimed Kiwi singers working abroad. This tour we welcome back Napier-born soprano Madeleine Pierard (2005 Lexus Song Quest winner) and Dunedin-born, bass-baritone Jonathan Lemalu (1998 Mobil Song Quest winner). You’ll also experience fast-rising Irish tenor Robin Tritschler, who made his Royal Opera debut in London earlier this season. Each singer represents an angel who narrates and comments on the successive days of creation - Gabriel (soprano), Uriel (tenor) and Raphael (bass).


Monumental choruses will break through from Auckland Choral, City Choir Dunedin and the Orpheus Choir of Wellington, each of which performs in their home centres, with the libretto sung in English.


Share the joy with your home choir, three star singers, a revered UK conductor, and your national orchestra at The Creation, in association with ANZ Private.


Haydn captured the unbridled joy of living in The Creation and you can hear it in every triumphant note.


…in the hands of one of the really great men of music and his ability to move from one lovely idea to another… there’s a joy and exuberance in it and a beauty which is irresistable for me.
Sir Colin Davis


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Eddie Izzard: UK Comedy Legend Returns

Hailed as one of the foremost stand up comedians of his generation. Star of stage and screen. Tireless supporter of charity. Runner. Political campaigner. Fashion Icon... February 2015, Eddie Izzard will bring his massive FORCE MAJEURE world tour to New Zealand with tickets going on sale at 10am on Tuesday 28th October. More>>

Festival Starts 28 Oct: Improv Fest Makes Up New Show

For any other festival, finding out less than two weeks from showtime that half the cast of a programmed show can’t make it to New Zealand would be a nightmare. Instead, the New Zealand Improv Festival Director Jennifer O’Sullivan saw an opportunity ... More>>

NZ Music Awards Finalists: Lorde, Sol3 Mio Top 2014 Tuis Charge

Lorde has taken the music world by storm during the past year and she co-leads the 2014 Tui charge with five finalist spots. Joining her is newcomer family opera trio, Sol3 Mio. They are followed closely by Ladi6 and David Dallas, both up for four awards each. More>>

From 'Luther' Creator: Major New Zealand Crime Series For BBC

Libertine Pictures and writer Neil Cross have teamed up with leading international TV producer Carnival Films to develop a major new crime series set in Rotorua. Libertine will develop the contemporary drama series with Carnival, producer of internationally-acclaimed British period drama Downton Abbey, for the BBC. More>>

ALSO:

Family Statement: Death Of Ewen Gilmour

“Ewen was a much loved and cherished member of our family, he was a larger than life character and by his very nature was kind, generous and always giving of his time to those who asked for his help." More>>

ALSO:

Auckland: St. Jerome's Laneway Festival - Line-Up Announced

Traversing seven cities and three countries, the festival has well and truly settled into its home in each state. From the grassy knolls and towering silos at home in Auckland, to the sparkling backdrop of the Maribyrnong... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: No Longer An Island

Simon Nathan reviews 'Zealandia: Our Continent Revealed': The idea that New Zealand is part of a large submerged continent is not new... There was renewed interest in the extent of offshore New Zealand from the 1970s onwards with the start of offshore drilling for oil and gas, and this was given impetus by a UN agreement which allowed countries to claim an Extended Continental Shelf (ECS). More>>

Art: Simon Denny Recreates Kim Dotcom’s Personal Effects

Who owns what? How has the internet changed our relation to the world? These are two of the many questions Simon Denny raises in the latest exhibition at the Adam Art Gallery, opening on Saturday 4 October. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news