hungarian center
for early music

Werner & Rameau

26 January, 2022 - 7:30 PM

Liszt Academy, Grand Hall


Dear Audience!
We regret to inform you that our Werner & Rameau concert, which was announced for tonight as part of the Cziffra100, has been cancelled due to illness.
Tickets purchased online will be automatically refunded by Interticket, tickets purchased at the box office can be refunded at the place of purchase until 8 February 2022 at the latest.
Thank you for your understanding!


Gregor Joseph WERNER (1693-1766):

Der verlorne Sohn (1747)

– Hungarian première –


Jean Philippe RAMEAU (1683-1764):

Adonis (Act 2 – from Oper Les surprises de l’Amour (1748)


PURCELL CHOIR, ORFEO ORCHESTRA (on period instruments)
Conducted by: Stephan MacLeod


WERNER: Der verlorne Sohn

Der verlorne Sohn (countertenor) – Paulin Bündgen

Die Barmherzigkeit – (Sopran) – Chantal Santon Jeffery

Der gehorsame Sohn (Tenor) – Bernhard Berchtold

Die Gerechtigkeit (Bass) – Stephan MacLeod

Der mitleidige Vater – (Bass) Christian Immler


RAMEAU: Adonis (Les Surprises de l’Amour, 1748)

Vénus – Chantal Santon Jeffery

L’Amour – Hasnaa Bennani

Diane – Katalin Szutrély

Adonis – Christian Immler


In cooperation with: György Cziffra Memorial Year

Program helyszíne

Gregor Joseph Werner (1693-1766) is one of the most important, forgotten composers in the history of Hungarian music, and an outstanding figure of 18th century Hungarian church music. From 1728 he was court Kapellmeister to the Esterházy family, a post in which he was Joseph Haydn’s direct predecessor. His work was mainly in the field of sacred music, and his nineteen oratorios in German – one of which is Der verlorne Sohn (The Lost Son), one of which is performed in concert, and twelve of which are preserved in manuscript scores in the National Széchényi Library in Budapest – are outstanding works of the genre.

French Baroque keyboard music, including the compositions of Jean-Philippe Rameau, formed an integral part of György Cziffra‘s oeuvre. One of France’s most famous composers and a musical theoretic genius, primarily his operas, in addition to his solo and chamber music for instruments, made him a famous composer. The second act of his opera Les Surprises de l’Amour, premiered in 1748, Adonis, was, according to contemporary sources, performed at court as a solo work. The score of the first version of the opera has recently been published as part of the Bärenreiter Rameau Complete Edition, making this modern performance of the work a worldwide niche. The lives of the characters, torn between love and chastity, are shaped and guided by the gods, ultimately shaping the story to the audience’s liking.