Haydn wrote two great oratorios almost one after the other: Die Schöpfung/The Creation (1798), and Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons (1801). Both masterpieces are amongst his best works, and amongst the oratorio genre as a whole (certainly as far as the Classical period is concerned). And perhaps nothing in the oratorio genre came close by later composers.
So, what do you think of these works? You love it? You hate it/trash it? (I think Igor Stravinsky didn’t think much of The Creation, calling it "childish" but correct me if this is wrong).
Which versions on recording do you have? Any good?
The Creation: I have Tafelmusik/Bruo Weil (sung in German), The Academy of Ancient Music/Hogwod (sung in English, translation used as conducted by Haydn for London performance), and Capella Augustina/Andreas Spering (sung in German, Naxos label). All three versions on period instruments. Warmly recommend them.
I'm thinking of getting John Eliot Gardiner's, and Rene Jacob's. No hurry. Wondering if anyone here has these?
The Seasons: I have John Eliot Gardiner's version only. I will get Rene Jacob's version. There are less recordings of this great work; overshadowed by it's younger sibling.