The story of the Creation is one of the fundamental narratives of the Christian religion; its seven-day story takes stock of all that God created in seven days. In Haydn’s work this story is told in the form of a picture book, with an almost childlike naivety. Between the choral movements praising each day of creation, there are highly figurative arias and recitatives, featuring that word-painting madrigalism and sound painting imitating the sounds of animals and nature that had been so popular since the Renaissance. This work of Haydn’s is perhaps one of the most attractive – smile-inducing, heart-warming and uplifting – in the history of music.
In the first half of the concert, Gábor Hollerung will offer an analysis of the piece in Hungarian. After the interval, the complete work will be performed without interruption.