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BBC Proms 2009
Saturday 18 July
7:00pm - 9:15pm
BBC Radio 3
Ancient and modern, classical and jazz - but tonight's musically diverse Proms have a common theme as they celebrate the birth of the world on a swing and a prayer. This evening's performance of Haydn's mighty oratorio The Creation - the composer's great hymn to God's "glorious work" - marks two 1809 anniversaries, the death of Haydn and the birth of Darwin (who threw a rather different light on the origin of species). Haydn mixed the early chapters of Genesis with Paradise Lost as the setting for his uplifting vision, and conductor Paul McCreesh supplies a new English version here. The late-night concert is Big Band as well as Big Bang as revered jazzman Stan Tracey continues the theme and pays his own (1987) orchestral homage to Biblical beginnings: Genesis.
Radio Times reviewer - David Gillard
From the Royal Albert Hall, Louise Fryer introduces a spectacular performance of Haydn's Creation oratorio. Paul McCreesh conducts a huge vocal ensemble in a re-creation of the giant versions that Haydn himself directed in the last decade of his life.
Haydn: The Creation (sung in English - ed. Paul McCreesh/Timothy Roberts)
Gabriel ...... Rosemary Joshua (soprano)
Eve ...... Sophie Bevan (soprano)
Uriel ...... Mark Padmore (tenor)
Raphael ..... Neal Davies (bass)
Adam ...... Peter Harvey (bass)
Chetham's Chamber Choir
Members of the Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir
Gabrieli Consort and Players
Paul McCreesh (conductor).
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