LE POÈME HARMONIQUE

VINCENT DUMESTRE | THEORBO, BAROQUE GUITAR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION

DANZA!
Danças espanholas no século XVII em França

ISABELLE DRUET | MEZZO SOPRANO
FIONA-ÉMILIE POUPARD | VIOLIN
LUCAS PERES | VIOLA DA GAMBA
SIMON GUIDICELLI | CONTRABASS
SYLVAIN FABRE | PERCUSSION

LE POÈME HARMONIQUE

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SEPTEMBER 18th 2019 – 9PM

PALÁCIO NACIONAL DE QUELUZ

The 17th century in France was a century of dance. Would this still have been the case without the influence of Spain? When he married the Spanish Infanta Anne of Austria, Louis XIII not only infused the royal line with Spanish blood through his son Louis XIV, he also brought folias, sarabandas, españolas and españoletas north of the Pyrenees. 

The city, in imitation of the court, demanded its share of this Spanish magic, which included vocal and instrumental music, and contemporary concerts might feature the tono humano rather than the air de cour or the guitar rather than the lute. From the palace to the street, through a multitude of genres and imaginary scenes, the same spirit haunted its sounds: the beat of the dance, relentless like the Andalusian sun, bewitching like madness.

Vicent Dumestre e Le Poème Harmonique

His unmistakable taste for the arts, creative feel for Baroque aesthetics, flair as an explorer and appetite for group adventures naturally led him to open up the 17th- and 18th-century repertoires and create a tailor-made ensemble. With his orchestra, “Le Poème Harmonique”, Vincent Dumestre is today one of the most inventive and versatile artisans of the Baroque revival.

VINCENT DUMESTRE | THEORBO, BAROQUE GUITAR AND ARTISTIC DIRECTION

DANZA!
Danças espanholas no século XVII em França

ISABELLE DRUET
 | MEZZO SOPRANO


FIONA-ÉMILIE POUPARD | VIOLIN

LUCAS PERES | VIOLOA DA GAMBA

SIMON GUIDICELLI | CONTRABASS

SYLVAIN FABRE | PERCUSSION



PROGRAMA

Luis de Briceño, Españoleta
Luis de Briceño, Andalo çaravanda
Lloren, lloren mis ojos, extract from the Libro de tonos humanos
Luis de Briceño, El caballo del marques
Luis de Briceño, Que tenga yo mi mujer
Antonio Martin y Coll, Diferencias sobre la gayta
Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Monologue de Segismundo (La vida es sueño)
Henry Le Bailly, Pasacalle de la Locura
Luis de Briceño, Canario
Etienne Moulinié, El baxel esta en la playa
Anonyme, No soy yo, extract from the Cancionero de Uppsala
Francisco Berxes, Ay, que mal
Luis de Briceño, Folia - Serrana si vuestros ojos,
Luis de Briceño, Di me de que te quexas

VINCENT DUMESTRE

His unmistakable taste for the arts, creative feel for Baroque aesthetics, flair as an explorer and appetite for group adventures naturally led him to open up the 17th- and 18th-century repertoires and create a tailor-made ensemble. With his orchestra, “Le Poème Harmonique”, Vincent Dumestre is today one of the most inventive and versatile artisans of the Baroque revival, conducting or directing orchestras, choirs, musical seasons, competitions and festivals, while continuing to play his first instruments – plucked strings.

Vincent Dumestre is invited to play in the world’s leading Baroque music venues, with “Le Poème Harmonique”, performing alongside, depending on the program, the “Aedes”, “Accentus” and “Les Cris” de Paris choirs, the “musicAeterna”, “Musica Florea” and “Arte Suonatori” ensembles, the Orchestre Régional of Normandy, Capella Cracoviensis and Orkiestra Historyczna. He is also active in Normandy, where he founded his ensemble.

Vincent Dumestre is a Knight of the French National Order of Arts and Letters and of the French National Order of Merit. Since then, from exhumations to reconstructions, from known composers to surprising programmes, he has unfailingly presented true creations, opening up the horizons of a complete range of vocal and instrumental music, and offered it a wide visibility, now a benchmark on the musical scene.

LE POÈME HARMONIQUE

Founded by Vincent Dumestre in 1998, Le Poème Harmonique is an ensemble of enthusiastic musicians dedicated to the performance of 17th and 18th century music. Enjoying a strong presence on the French and international scenes, its inventive and demanding programmes reflect a knowledgeable approach to the musical repertoire and an in-depth appreciation of vocal and instrumental textures.

It performs familiar and less familiar pieces by Lalande, Lully, Couperin, Clérambault, Charpentier and others, which once set the pace for life at Versailles, its routines and ceremonies, along with works from Baroque Italy, including by Monteverdi and Pergolesi, and English pieces by Purcell and Clarke, among others.

It also paints vast operatic frescoes ; its ongoing collaboration with director Benjamin Lazar, sealed by a mutual appreciation for Lully, has resulted in widely acclaimed shows (including Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Cadmus and Hermione and the recent Phaéton, performed in Perm and Versailles with musicAeterna), as other shows in which music meets other artistic disciplines – puppetry, circus and dance, theater –, Caligula, a puppet opera by G.M. Pagliardi, the Baroque Carnival with Cécile Roussat & Julien Lubek and To be or not to be, a show written by Ivan Alexandre and staged by Vincent Huguet.

A familiar name at leading music festivals and venues including Philharmonie de Paris,  Opéra-Comique, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Royal Opera of Versailles, Festivals of Ambronay, of Beaune, and of Sablé, Wigmore Hall (London), Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Wiener Konzerthaus, Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, BOZAR – Centre of Fine Arts of Brussels, Oji Hall (Tokyo), Columbia University (New York), Teatro San Carlo of Naples, Accademia Santa Cecilia of Rome, Philharmonie of Saint Petersburg Philharmonia, and the BBC Proms…,  Le Poème Harmonique is also strongly committed to Normandy, its residency region.

Le Poème Harmonique is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019 by offering, for its thousandth concert, creations in Vienna (Hail! Bright Cecilia !, Purcell, Konzerthaus), in Normandy (Élévations, with circus artist Mathurin Bolze, Cirque-Théâtre of Elbeuf, Theater of Caen, the Coronis zarzuela by Sebastián Durón staged by Omar Porras, Theater of Caen), in Roma (the Musiche di Bellorofonte Castaldi recreation of the first recording released by the ensemble, with mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik).This season will also be marked by the release of a DVD of Phaétonand two albums – Anamorfosi and Airs de cour.