Gaël de Kerret
He has scoured European festivals and radio stations for about fifteen years, made a good twenty recordings, from Early music (A Sei Voci and Clemencic Consort) to contemporary compositions (2E2M, TM+, Groupe Vocal de France, Orchestre Philarmonique de Radio-France…) He has sung at the Fenice in Venice, at the Musikverein in Vienna, at the Utrecht festival and the Montpellier festival, or again, any number of times, at Radio-France, at the RCAM or within the Union européenne des Radios with such renowned conductors as Philippe Herreweghe, Jean-Claude Pennetier, Peter Eötvös or Jean-Claude Malgoire. In 1997, he also conducted the Children’s choir of the Paris national Opera for a dozen concerts and a recording. He is the Director of the baroque ensemble Les Cours Européennes, and Artistic Director of the music festival “Valloire baroque”. A passionate pedagogue, he is a Senior professor at the Versailles Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional, where he teaches future professional singers.
The 2017 Season
Gaël de Kerret
Artistic Director of the Festival Valloire baroque
Antics & Curiosities !
The Renaissance was the time of Neoplatonic tranquillity, of unchallenged relationships with the gods, and the ensuing harmonic balance of polyphony. The baroque era is the time when man first views the world as it appears to him. Diego Ares will enthral us (his CD, a world premiere) with some of the works of Padre Soler, whose amazing tonal surprises all point at the singularity of man’s destiny. Indeed, ever since Copernic shut away the gods in otherworldly transcendence and assigned the earth its due place in the cosmos, man has kept wondering who he is and what this world he lives in exactly is, a riddle often best solved with a laugh. At oneself, first, as in the pasticcios and twists of language served by Benjamin Perrot’s ensemble La Rêveuse. Bibiane Lapointe, Thierry Maeder and their ensemble Les Cyclopes know the right answer, too, inviting us to share in existential meditations, battles, mischievous mockeries and animal imitations ! Curiosity of the world also includes inventions of the time, such as this lute-harpsichord, (we had the only copy at the Paris Conservatoire brought over here), an instrument invented by Bach, played for us by Olivier Baumont, as if just retrieved from one of those cabinets of curiosities as they once existed, blueprints for today’s museums. Following the harpsichordist and Christine Plubeau, we will even attend a surgical operation ! The man of baroque times also travelled a great deal, much in the way François Lazarevitch and his Musiciens de Saint Julien explore Irish baroque music, or Daniel Cuiller and Stradivaria bring 17th and 18th-century Paris and Breton music together, through dances. Finally, the famous “Four Seasons”, played by Amandine Beyer’s Gli Incogniti, which depict the cycles of the world such as it is, also render Vivaldi’s exultation at being alive in the serene microcosm of Venice ! No wonder these musicians who never shy at laughing at themselves have been distinguished all of fifteen times !
Gaël de Kerret