Castor et Pollux
Tragédie en musique in a Prologue and Five Acts (version de 1737)
Music by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Libretto by Pierre-Joseph Bernard aka Gentil-Bernard (1708-1775)
First performed in 1737, the original version of Castor et Pollux is rarely seen on stage. This masterpiece, chosen by the CMBV and György Vashegyi and his ensembles will be performed in the Spring of 2023.
The 1754 second version of Castor et Pollux is popular in concert form and on stage, whereas the original and considerably different 1737 version with a Prologue is rarely performed. As part of the CMBV’s major Rameau project started in 2014 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of the composer, this magnificent score will be revived, with performances on tour in Budapest, Amsterdam and Paris and a record release. The project is materialised by Hungarian conductor György Vashegyi and his ensembles Orfeo Orchestra and Purcell Choir plus a brilliant cast including Véronique Gens, Judith Van Wanroij, Reinoud Van Mechelen and Tassis Christoyannis. In association with Société Jean-Philippe Rameau, publishers of the composer’s entire corpus, the CMBV will deploy the latest music research findings in terms of performance practice, orchestral formations, continuo, tempos, playing techniques and the key role of vocals in the 18th century.
THURSDAY 2 MARCH 2023 at 6pm
Glass Hall – Müpa-Palace of Arts, Budapest, Hongrie
Benoît Dratwicki, artistic director of CMBV