We're broadcasting this performance live!
In spite of the fact that the current extraordinary situation prevents us all from meeting at Müpa Budapest in person, we would still like to make the coming days nicer and more uplifting. This is why we are going to transmit our live performance, without an audience, on our website and YouTube channel.
We look forward to welcoming you to the event, through your screen!
The performance will be broadcasted on our website and YouTube channel.
The Purcell Choir is now 30 years old - and what way could be better to celebrate this than with Haydn's grand oratorio The Creation? As the performance scheduled for May 2020 had to be cancelled, we are now ready to warmly welcome everyone for this shared celebration now! György Vashegyi founded the Pur...cell Choir in 1990 for a concert-version performance of Dido and Aeneas, and after the Orfeo Orchestra was established in 1991, the two ensembles developed into Hungary's leading interpreters of early music.
Joseph Haydn's oratorio Die Schöpfung ('The Creation') is one of the most important works in the history of European music. Its first performance (which was not open to the public, as only invited guests attended) took place at Vienna's Schwarzenberg Palace in 1798. The world première of the work (conducted by Haydn himself), along with the first public concert that followed, received tremendous acclaim, and the oratorio exerted just as immeasurable influence on Haydn's contemporaries as it has on posterity, remaining to this day perhaps the composer's most popular composition. We Hungarians would do well to recall the often forgotten fact that the first performance of the masterpiece outside Vienna took place in the Buda Castle, on 8 March 1800, where Haydn himself conducted the work's Hungarian première after an extensive rehearsal process. This concert was part of the celebrations of the wedding of Grand Duchess Alexandra Pavlovna (which also included a piano recital by Ludwig van Beethoven at the Castle Theatre on 7 May 1800). The memory of the concert is preserved to this day in the name of Buda's Alkotás Street, which was the word used in Hungarian at the time to translate the oratorio's title.
In the spring of 2005, the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra played The Creation on period instruments for the first time in Hungary since Haydn's première. Reflecting on the work and that first performance, Vashegyi said, 'That concert at the Liszt Academy of Music was followed by another in Fertőszentmiklós at the end of the summer, which we also recorded. We also played it several times in 2009, the bicentenary of Haydn's death, when it became an integral part of our repertoire.'
Presented by: Sysart Kft. Orfeo Music Foundation