"Jean-Philippe Rameau, perhaps the greatest French composer of all time, died 250 years ago this year at the age of 81, on 12 September 1764. With this concert by the Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra, we honour the memory of this superlative genius. One of Rameau's best-known works, the "ballet bouffon” Platée from 1745, will - to our knowledge - be heard here for the first time in Hungary.
The year 1745 was an exceedingly eventful one for Rameau, indeed one of the busiest years of his e...ntire life: he received numerous important commissions to mark the occasions of the epochal victory of the French army at Fontenoy and the wedding of the heir to the throne. At least four of his great stage works were produced at this time (Platée, Le Temple de la Gloire, La Princesse de Navarre, and Les Fêtes de Polymnie). Of these, we performed the Hungarian première of the last-mentioned 'ballet héroïque' at our concert in April this year at the Palace of Arts (and also made a world première recording of the work).
This concert performance is part of our series of French Baroque operas begun in 2011: it is particularly interesting for us that, following Leclair's Scylla et Glaucus and Rameau's Les Fêtes de Polymnie, Platée is the third French opera from the 1740s we will perform at the Palace of Arts. We plan to continue the series in March 2016 with a modern world première performance of Mondonville's 1742 opera Isbé.” (György Vashegyi)
Presented by: Sysart Kft. - Orfeo Music Foundation
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