Raphaël Pichon & Ensemble Pygmalion at the BBC Proms 31st July
The cast features soprano Giuseppina Bridelli, mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik, tenors Emiliano Gonzalez‐Toro and Magnus Staveland, and bass singers Virgile Ancely, Renaud Bres, and Geoffroy Buffière.
Founded in 2006 by Raphaël Pichon at the Europa Bach Festival, Pygmalion was born of a desire to bring together a choir and a period-instrument orchestra. While focusing on Johann Sebastian Bach and Jean-Philippe Rameau, Pygmalion tackles a wide repertory ranging from the Baroque, through the early years of Romanticism, right up to contemporary music.
The ensemble’s discography has received prizes in France and abroad, including a Gramophone Award 2016, CD des Monats (Opernwelt), Diapason d’Or de l’Année, Choc de Classica, ffff de Télérama, a Victoire de la Musique 2015, an Edison Klassiek Award 2016, a Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros for 2016, and Best Classical Recording 2016 on Forbes.
Claudio Monteverdi (1567–1643), Vespers of 1610
Photo © Jean-Baptiste Millot