Bourgie Hall presents

Ensemble Correspondances: Pleasures of the Louvre

The airs de cour were French court songs that set to music elegiac, spiritual or even truculent love poems and evoked in listeners their own feelings of passion and tenderness. Let yourself be transported by these same “pleasures” that so delighted Louis XIII and his court.

Sébastien Daucé, the artistic director, and the musicians met while studying at the National Conservatory of Lyon. A dedicated collaboration blossomed to unearth rare and neglected musical treasures, revealing, through their interpretation, a whole range of emotions within these works.

Ensemble Correspondances

Founded in Lyon in 2009, Correspondances brings together under the direction of the harpsichordist and organist Sébastien Daucé a group of singers and instrumentalists, all of whom are specialists in the music of the Grand Siècle. In a few short years of existence, Correspondances has become a benchmark ensemble in the seventeenth- century French repertory. Placing itself under the auspices of Baudelaire’s notion of correspondences between the arts, it performs music whose sonorities can still directly touch today’s listeners while presenting staged productions of rarer and more original forms such as the oratorio and the ballet de cour.

The ensemble’s twin commitments to breathing new life into already well-known composers and restoring the image of figures less familiar today but celebrated and frequently performed in their own time has already yielded seventeen critically acclaimed recordings, which have earned such distinctions as the Choc Classica of the year, ffff de Télérama, the Diapason d’Or of the year, the ECHO Preis for the World Premiere Recording of the Year 2016, Editor’s Choice in Gramophone, German Record Critics’ Award, Operatic Recording of the Year 2016 in Limelight magazine and the Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros.

Sébastien Daucé, conductor

Airs de cour for the Chamber of Louis XIII

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at 7:30pm
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