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The music composed for the powerfully revised drama was written in the innovative style shaped by Gluck in the 1770s. Lemoyne paid special attention to making sure that the recitatives served the appropriate aim: brief orchestral phrases, sudden modulations and sometimes even unexpected rests enhance the drama and emotional substance of the libretto. As a composer, he uses a diverse set of tools, all of it making his style immediately recognisable and unique: the orchestra's unisono playing before each of Phèdre's entrances, for example, creates an unsettled and mysterious atmosphere. Also strongly figuring into the score is the 'frenetic' style, an achievement of the Gluck school - thanks to the work of Berlioz, it is today considered an undisputable source of early musical romanticism.
Musical tragedy in three acts The first complete performance of the opera since the 18th century.
Collaborating partner: Palazzetto Bru Zane - Centre de musique romantique française.
Sponsored by: Municipality of the Buda Castle District, Ministry of Human Capacities, National Cultural Fund of Hungary, Palazzetto Bru Zane
Presented by: Sysart Kft. Orfeo Music Foundation
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PhèdreJudith van Wanroij
La grande prêtresseLudivine Gombert
Un grand de l'État / Un chasseurJérôme Boutillier
Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra (on period instruments)