Sunday 4th March 3.00pm
A Portrait of Jean-Philippe Rameau
£18 (Full Time Students and Under 16 Free)
2:15pm Pre-concert talk Rameau and his world by Prof Graham Sadler
A musical portrait of Bach and Handel’s great French contemporary. The programme brings together his superb early grand motet ‘Quam dilecta tabernacula’ with a cross section of his theatrical music. We include the colourful overture to Pigmalion (1748), in which the sculptor can be heard hammering away at his statue, superb haute-contre solos from Dardanus (1744) and Castor et Pollux (1737) sung by the distinguished tenor Nicholas Sales, and a grand choral and orchestral chaconne from Les fêtes de Ramire (1745), a setting of Voltaire. We also explore Les Indes galantes (1736), a ground-breaking evocation of love and conflict in various exotic climes. We match the majestic and dramatic Adoration of the Sun from ‘Les Incas de Perou’ with the peace-pipe ceremony from ‘Les sauvages’, set on the north American plains – a brilliant choral and orchestral reworking of a harpsichord piece Rameau wrote after witnessing two American Indians performing in Paris in 1725.