“Faust” and „Messe solennelle”

Charles Gounod born 200 years ago

On 17 June 1818, 200 years ago, the French composer Charles Gounod was born in Paris. The “Messe solennelle en l’honneur de Sainte Cécile” is his best-known sacred work. In good time for the Gounod anniversary year, Bärenreiter has published a new Urtext edition (BA 8966) which carefully evaluates the autograph manuscript and first printed edition.

Charles Gounod’s famous opera “Faust” became famous in its “opéra” version, fully-sung throughout; what is more, it has since been forgotten that the work was originally composed with spoken dialogues. The first concert performance of this dialogue version of 1859, using the new Bärenreiter edition by Paul Prévost, takes place on 14 June 2018 in the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Paris. In cooperation with the Palazzetto Bru Zane performers include top soloists, the Chœur de la Radio Flamande and the ensemble “Les Talens Lyriques”, conducted by Christophe Rousset. A first CD recording is also planned.