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Departure & Outlook: a programme with two visionaries Jean-Philippe Rameau & C. P. E. Bach

Rameau’s greatest achievements involved innovations of the many subsidiary genres of the French opera of his day and his ingenious sense of instrumentation and colours. The binding factor with „the great Bach“ from Hamburg (this is how the second son of Johann Sebastian Bach was known) is most probably the bold and expressive use of harmony. Rameau’s treatise on harmony, Traité de l’harmonie (1722), set the benchmark for centuries ahead; C. P. E. Bach on the other hand used harmony to redefine the emotional contents of the symphonic genre thereby influencing generations ahead.

Live at the Landeskonzerte OÖ – Alte Musik im Schloss guest at the Anton Bruckner Privatuniversity Upper Austria!

Tuesday, 15 November 2022 19h30
LINZ, Anton Bruckner Privatuniversität, Hagenstraße 57

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Suites from Les Indes galantes (Paris, Académie Royale de Musique et Danse 1735–36) and
Zoroastre (first version, Paris, Académie royale de musique 1749)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Symphony in D major Wq 183,1 / H 663

The concert will be recorded by the ORF OÖ. Broadcasting date tba.


Continuation of our Rameau CD productions!

We are looking forward to our next project in which we will be recording another Rameau disc.  Michi Gaigg has an especially soft spot for the French Baroque. She detects the innovation and power of this visionary music, especially in the works of Jean-Philippe Rameau, and traces the continuation of these aspects in the opera and orchestral repertoire of pre-Classical and Viennese Classical music, thereby often surprising her audiences.

The result is once again contagious: Michi Gaigg and her „orpheic“ colleagues render these miniature orchestral dances with lilting enthusiasm and rhythmical precision and clarity. The long gone glitter and glory of life at the French court is vividly brought back to life […].
HIFISTATEMENT netmagazine & stereoplay, Attila Csampai

The bottom line is that decades of experience with this kind of music inevitably leads to the Pantheon of Rameau interpretations.
CONCERTO – Das Magazin für Alte Musik, Olaf Krone

„Queen“ Michi Gaigg on the dance floor: RAMEAU at his best!
TOCCATA (magazine for Early Music), CD of the month, Wolfgang Reihing

Have a look at our Rameau discs
Rameau - Pigmalion, Dardanus: Suites & Arias
Rameau Zais Hippolyte
Les Elemens Castor et Pollux
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