Last night I heard a beauteous performance of Haydn's Creation, a work I had never heard performed live, probably because, being for the most part through-composed, it is incredibly difficult.  It requires fully confident and competent orchestral musicians and singers, both chorus and soloists, plus a conductor (Louis Langree) who will let their confidence and competence ride out the fullest extent of the work's gigantic range.
Haydn begins with the sound image of the chaos that preceded the creation of the universe:  Now that is pure sound-thought if ever such a thing existed.


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