La Feste de Ruel is an opera -- technically a pastoral, since it concerns shepherds in the fields -- but it is less than an hour long. We will therefore pair it with another work by Charpentier.
|You've got the wrong guy|
|Never even heard of him|
Many consider this particular oratorio to be Charpentier's greatest. Using bits from the various gospels, he pieces together a story of astonishing emotional drama. The accusations around the fire grow in intensity,
denials become ever more frenzied, at the climax everyone is singing over each
other – and then in the release of tension following the rooster's cry, all that remains is Peter’s bitter weeping.
|I'm telling you I don't know the man!|
This piece is well-known, but Catacoustic will be performing a newly reconstructed score with instrumental music that has never been performed before.