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The Creation

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LighthousePoole, South-West, BH15 1UG, United Kingdom
On Wednesday 28 February 2018 at 19:30

For Haydn The Creation was a summation of his religious convictions as well as his life's work as a composer. Every one of his scores ended with the inscription "Laus Deo" (God be Praised) or "Soli Deo Gloria" (For the Glory of God alone), and never was it more fitting than at the end of this illuminating oratorio. It still speaks eloquently to believer and non-believer alike with its lively arias and rousing choruses, and this, in the end, was what Haydn hoped his music would do. The opening is one of Haydn's most gripping strokes of genius, a depiction of the chaos that reigned before the birth of the world. Fragmented themes, shocking dissonances and unexpected instrumental flourishes conjure a vision of a tumultuous universe.

After a brief recitative setting the scene for the first day, Haydn calls on the chorus for a stunning dramatic stroke: at the moment of the creation of light, the orchestra and chorus unleash their full power with a radiant C major chord – a touch that underlines the cosmic power of the moment.

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