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During the 2015-16 season, one of the ‘big guns’ of historical music performance, violinist and conductor Sigiswald Kuijken, will direct two concerts by the BFO’s early music ensemble. The founder and leader of Belgium’s ‘La Petite Bande’, an ensemble established in the 1970s which counts his brothers, Barthold and Wieland, among its members, Kuijken has chosen works by French Baroque composers for the first concert to be given together with the BFO’s Baroque ensemble.

The first, and arguably most influential composer of French Baroque music was a musician called Giovanni Battista Lulli (1632-1687). He was born in Italy to noble parentage and, having travelled to France, he entered the service of the ‘Sun King’ Louis XIV in 1653. At the French court he assumed the name Jean-Baptiste Lully. Possessing both great musical and business sense, Lully held a monopoly on the city’s musical life for many years. As a favourite of the King, he enjoyed unrestricted power over the Parisian music establishment, composing one opera and ballet after another for his own theatre. At the peak of his career, however, he fell victim to an ‘occupational hazard’ and can therefore be regarded as the conducting profession’s first martyr. He struck his foot with his long conducting staff during a performance of his ‘Te Deum’, and eventually died from the ensuing infection…

While Lully’s suite opens the concert, it concludes with a suite compiled from the witty opera Platée, composed by another giant of French Baroque music, Rameau (1683-1764). Also renowned as a theorist, he came about a generation after Lully. In between the two suites, pieces by Jean-Féry Rebel (1666-1747), a pupil of Lully, and by Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676–1749), the creator of the ‘French cantata’, will give a taste of Baroque music with a French accent.


2 500 HUF / 3 500 HUF / 4 400 HUF / 6 300 HUF / 10 500 HUF

Season tickets

Ormándy (2015/16)


Jean-Baptiste Lully: Roland Suite
Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Plaisirs champêtres
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: La Muse de l’Opéra – cantata for soprano
Jean-Féry Rebel: La Fantaisie
Jean-Phillipe Rameau: Platée Suite


Sigiswald Kuijken


Stefanie True, soprano
Sigrid T’Hooft, baroque gesture