Gervais: Hypermnestre

Charles-Hubert Gervais: Hypermnestre Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, Gyorgy Vashegyi Glossa GCD924007. 2CDs 74’32+71’27 Hypermnestre is a tragédie en musique by the almost totally forgotten French composer Charles-Hubert Gervais (1671-1744). It was first performed in 1716 at the Paris Opera (the Académie Royale de Musique) and was followed by several revivals. It sets a libretto by Joseph de Lafont based on … Continue reading Gervais: Hypermnestre

Rameau: Naïs

Rameau: Naïs Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi Glossa GCD924003. 2CDs 72’44 + 72’26 I have been looking forward to this CD ever since I heard this performance of Naïs in concert in the Béla Bartók National Concert Hall in Budapest’s Müpa arts centre on 4 March 2017 during a short early music festival. The recording dates for the … Continue reading Rameau: Naïs

Rameau: Les Fêtes de Polymnie

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes de Polymnie Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi Glossa GCD923502. 2CDs: 59’55+67’08 This is another in the series of recordings of French Baroque music directed by György Vashegyi with his own Purcell Choir and Orfeo Orchestra. It was recorded in Budapest’s Müpa concert hall alongside a performance given as the closing concert of the 2014 … Continue reading Rameau: Les Fêtes de Polymnie

JM Haydn: Der Kampf der Buβe und Bekehrung

Johann Michael Haydn: Der Kampf der Buβe und Bekehrung Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi Carus 83.351. 79’55 Despite being a lesser-known work by a lesser-known composer, the oratorio Der Kampf der Buße und Bekehrung (The Struggle for Penance and Conversion) is well worth getting to know. It is the second, and only surviving part, of a … Continue reading JM Haydn: Der Kampf der Buβe und Bekehrung

Mondonville: Grands Motets

Mondonville: Grands Motets Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi Glossa GCD923508. 43’20+52’47 De profundis (1748), Magnus Dominus (1734), Nisi Dominus (1743), Cantate Domino (1742) Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville (1711-1772) was born in Narbonne in the south-west of France. He moved to Paris in 1733 and almost immediately came under the patronage of Madame de Pompadour, joining the Concert Spirituel and the Chapelle … Continue reading Mondonville: Grands Motets

Müpa Budapest: Early Music Festival

Müpa Budapest Early Music Festival 27 February – 4 March 2017   Müpa Budapest is the sensibly shortened title of Művészetek Palotája, the national cultural centre situated on the Danube just south of the centre of the Pest side of Budapest. The building opened in 2005 (as the Palace of the Arts), and was designed by the young Hungarian … Continue reading Müpa Budapest: Early Music Festival