Margaret Ravalde – Soprano
Thobela Ntshanyana – Tenor
Kieran Rayner – Bass
Handel’s Messiah – composed in 1741 – was a sensation. When Joseph Haydn heard it in London, inspired by the use of large choral and orchestral resources, he set the story of the creation to music and conducted the premiere of his oratorio The Creation in Vienna in April 1798. Hundreds of people crowded the streets outside the small concert hall, eager to hear the latest sensation. Perhaps this will be the case again when The Chichester Singers and Southern Pro Musica, under the baton of Jonathan Willcocks, perform this favourite of the choral repertoire in Chichester Cathedral at 7.30pm on Saturday 21st January.
The opening movement, Representation of Chaos, is an orchestral prelude that uses stark chords and shifting harmonies to portray the formlessness and disorder that preceded the creation. We are then taken on a journey through the creation of the six days of light, water, landscape, plants and the beasts of land, sea and air. Each day is introduced by the archangels , Gabriel (soprano), Uriel (tenor) and Raphael (bass), and developed by the full chorus and trio of soloists. We focus on the happy union of Adam and Eve with a tender marriage duet before an indirect hint of their expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The Creation tells this magnificent story, based loosely on Milton’s Paradise Lost, through exciting orchestral moments, stirring solos, lyrical duets and joyful choruses.