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Haydn's The Creation - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Simon Rattle@Royal Festival Hall / 2 review + BBC 3 bcast

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The biblical account of the Creation may lack something in scientific credibility but it certainly provides a rich resource for a composer as inventive as Haydn. His oratorio on the subject is full of graphic pictorialism that came vibrantly to life in this scintillating period-instrument performance under Simon Rattle, broadcast live on Radio 3.


For a group that calls itself The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Haydn's Creation is the perfect piece. It portrays enlightenment in action, literally and metaphorically. At the beginning, all is darkness, "when the earth was without form and void." When light dawns, it's more than just a blaze of glory. It bestows order, eventually, after which all the beasts line up for inspection, each one giving its own little musical curtsey.  READ THE FULL Telegraph REVIEW