Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli (? – 1669)
La Stella (Sonata 1 op.3)
Gottfried Finger (c.1660 – 1730)
Sonata prima a due, violino & viola di gamba
Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber (1644 – 1704)
William Young (? – 1662)
Sonata for violin & gamba
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (c.1620 – 1680)
Ground (viol and basso continuo)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer
Sonata variata a 2 (violin, viol & basso continuo)
Johann Hieronymus Kapsberger (c.1580 – 1651)
Toccata seconda / Canario (theorbo & basso continuo)
Giovanni Antonio Pandolfi Mealli
La Clemente (Sonata 5 op.3)
Stéphanie Paulet, violin
Florence Bolton, viola da gamba and direction
Carsten Lohff, harpsichord
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo and direction
Bohemia: Curiosa et Mirabilia, the stylus fantasticus
Monday July 27th, 21:00 – Valloire church
All three, great virtuosos, Johann Heinrich Schmelzer, Heinrich Franz Biber and Gottfried Finger devoted the best of their creativeness to the sonata genre. At times very eccentric and highly imaginative, also largely influenced by Italy, their art reflects the stylus fantasticus of the 17th-century Holy Empire. The sumptuous courts of South Germany, Austria and Bohemia never failed to attract renowned musicians from Italy or Northern Europe, as William Young. Biber or Schmelzer, whose impressive virtuosity is legendary, have written some of the most beautiful violin sonatas, mingling popular themes and curiosities, such as the famous Sonata rappresentativa, composed in 1669, which imitates the cries of animals (birds, a frog, a rooster and a hen…)!
This programme of sonatas and trio sonatas for violin and viol gives full measure to the extravagance of baroque Central Europe.
Founded by Benjamin Perrot and Florence Bolton, La Rêveuse explores the musical heritage of the 17th and 18th centuries, a period of intense artistic experimentation.
La Rêveuse is invited by the most prestigious venues of baroque music, both in France and abroad. Its recordings regularly receive top awards. London circa 1700, its latest CD, was Choix de France Musique, and won ffff Télérama, 5 de Diapason, 5 croches Pizzicato, Soleil Musikzen.
Intent on forging links between various artistic expressions, the ensemble collaborates with the world of the theatre and literature. It has set up a series of concerts-lectures to show how 17th and 18th-century music and painting mirror each other. Meant for museums and media libraries, these music shows also tour rural areas on board the Opéra Bus.
Each year, the ensemble undertakes educational projects. Their programme Les Lettres Persanes revisitées, which involved migrant schoolchildren in Orléans, was a finalist at the Prix de l’Audace Culturelle et Artistique 2016. Also active in the transmission of knowledge, the ensemble has created the Académie d’Eté de Seuilly and Early Music Workshops.
A teacher at the Saint-Maur CCR and the founder of the Aliquando ensemble, Stéphanie Paulet has contributed to some thirty recordings with period instruments.
As a soloist and continuist, she performs at many festivals, both in France and abroad. She shows a keen interest in exploring the links between music and painting. She teaches viola da gamba and chamber music at Orléans.
Beside his intense career as a concert performer, Carsten Lohff teaches at the Bremen and Hamburg Universities of Music.
Giving priority to La Rêveuse, he teaches lute and theorbo at the Versailles Conservatoire and is vocal coach at the Versailles Centre de Musique Baroque.
La Rêveuse receives support from the Ministère de la Culture (DRAC Centre-Val de Loire) and the Région Centre-Val de Loire, as a contracted ensemble, and also from the City of Orléans. Mécénat Musical Société Générale is its major sponsor. The ensemble’s vocal activities also receive support from the Fondation Orange. The ensemble is a member of FEVIS (Fédération des Ensembles Vocaux et Instrumentaux Spécialisés) and Profedim (Syndicat professionnel des Producteurs, Festivals, Ensembles, Diffuseurs Indépendants de Musique), and the Bureau-Export.
In June 2017, La Rêveuse received the “Médaille d’Or de l’Académie Arts Sciences et Lettres de Paris” for its overall musical achievement. In 2018, La Rêveuse was awarded the “Année européenne du patrimoine culturel” label, then in 2019, the “500 ans de RenaissanceS” label.
Interview Florence Bolton and Gaël de Kerret about the concert performed in Valloire:
Buxtehude Sonata a-Moll – BuxWV 272 (Passacaglia)
by La Rêveuse