Le Poème Harmonique, a leading French baroque ensemble, will come on stage to celebrate the golden age of Baroque, an era when music dissolved borders across Europe.
Under artistic director Vincent Dumestre, Venezia recreates the highly entertaining performances of the 17th- and 18th-centuries, when art music and popular forms mingled, and feelings and freedom of language had not yet been held in check by rules and codes.
Venezia begins with Monteverdi’s madrigals, as the famous Lamento della Ninfa. It goes on to typical light and funny pieces written by Francesco Manelli, one of the most brilliant composers of the Venetian Baroque.
Through this programme Bonjour India launches collaborations in baroque and opera music between India and France, while encouraging professional training in the classical music forms.
This is a celebration of Venice in the Golden Age of Baroque, when art music and popular forms came together and mingled, and feelings and freedom of language had not yet been held in check by rules and codes. Music in thstreets of the city at Carnival time, with Monteverdi’s haunting madrigals; then light, popular, funny pieces, typical ofthose post-Lenten celebrations, written by Francesco Manelli, who was also a keen depicter of the torments of love.
This programme is also a celebration of Le Poème Harmonique’s approach, thanks to the stage work of directorBenjamin Lazar, and the candles, which create a magical atmosphere. This connection between music, movement and light is the keystone of the ensemble’s work in its large-scale stage productions; its adaptation here to the more modest framework of a concert represents the quintessence of that aesthetic. First presented in 2008 for the opening of the Calperformances Festival in San Francisco, this programme has toured extensively since then in France and around the world, where it has been highly acclaimed (BBC Proms, London; Potsdamer Festspiele, Berlin; Rudolfinum, Prague; Bemus Festival, Belgrade; Oji Hall, Tokyo; Forbidden City Hall, Beijing; Miller Theatre, New York etc.). It marked Le Poème Harmonique’s debut at the Israel Festival in Jerusalem, and also in Florence and Venice.
ARTIST : Vincent Dumestre | Jan Van Elsacker | Jean-Luc Tamby | Samuel Domergue | Geoffroy Buffière | Serge Goubioud | Fiona Macgown | Eric Andriant | Benjamin Lazar | Francoise Enock | Sabina-Colonna Preti | Fiona-Emilie Poupard |