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La Reveuse

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)
Consolez-vous chers enfants de Bacchus
Henry Desmarets (1661 – 1741)
L’estomac embrasé
Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689 – 1755)
Laissons-là dormir Grégoire
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)
Auprès du feu
Marin Marais (1656 – 1728)
Le Doucereux
La Provençale
Nicolas Racot de Grandval (1676 – 1753)
Cantata Orphée
Marin Marais (1656 – 1728)
Sonnerie de Ste Geneviève du Mont de Paris
Nicolas Racot de Grandval (1676 – 1753)
Cantata The Matron of Ephesus
La Rêveuse (artistic direction Benjamin Perrot & Florence Bolton)
Jeffrey Thompson, tenor
Ajay Ranganathan, violin
Florence Bolton, bass viol
Brice Sailly, harpsichord
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo & baroque guitar

La Matrone d’Ephèse Airs à boire et cantates comiques

Wednesday July 26th, 21:00 – Valloire Church
Together playwright and musician, Nicolas Racot de Grandval wrote a large number of parodies and musical comedies for the Théâtre Français. His innovative ideas contributed to the evolution of music and divertissement in the first half of the 18th century. Equally acquainted with the refined society at Versailles and the ribald mob of Parisian fairs, he achieves a successful mix of popular themes and more learned music.
« The Matron of Epheseus » is a full-length piece, with a true synopsis for four clear-cut characters, all interpreted by the same singer, the way mountebanks performed at fairs.
This journey through French divertissement, such as it existed in the 18th century, also offers an opportunity to discover the burlesque compositions of some of Racot de Grandval’s contemporaries, with a number of their drinking songs and comic airs.

La Rêveuse – Benjamin Perrot and Florence Bolton

Founded by Benjamin Perrot and Florence Bolton, La Rêveuse is an ensemble composed of solo musicians whose intent is to breathe new life into a selection of instrumental or vocal works of the 17th and 18th centuries. Eager to bring together different artistic practices, the ensemble often teams up with prominent theatre figures, for example Benjamin Lazar and Le Théâtre de l’Incrédule (« L’Autre Monde ou les Etats et Empires de la Lune » by Cyrano de Bergerac, « Les Caractères » by La Bruyère), or yet again Catherine Hiegel and François Morel (« Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme »).
The ensemble also collaborates with Jean-Philippe Guye, professor of Arts and Civilizations at the Lyon CNSM for a series of concerts-lectures devised to show how music and painting mirror each other in the 17th and 18th centuries.
Jeffrey Thompson
After completing his studies at the Cincinnati conservatory (USA), Jeffrey Thompson gets noticed by William Christie, who selects him in 2002 to participate in the first session of Le Jardin des Voix with Les Arts Florissants.
Thereafter, he performs several opera roles on various international stages, among which Zotico (« Eliogabalo »/Cavalli, conducted by René Jacobs, Théâtre de La Monnaie in Brussels and at Innsbruck’s Festival) ; Ninus (« Pyramus and Thisbe »/ Rebel & Francoeur, directed by Daniel Cuiller, Nantes) ; Atys (« Les Paladins »/ Rameau, Basel Opera House)…
He joins La Rêveuse for the recording of a CD of the works of Sébastien de Brossard ; this signals the beginning of a fruitful partnership, as attested, yet again, by tonight’s concert.
La Rêveuse is supported by la DRAC Centre – Ministère de la Culture, la Région Centre and the city of Orléans. Mécénat Musical Société Générale is the main sponsor of La Rêveuse. The vocal activity of the ensemble is also supported by the Orange Foundation. The ensemble is a member of la FEVIS (Fédération des Ensembles Vocaux et Instrumentaux Spécialisés) and PROFEDIM (Syndicat professionnel des Producteurs, Festivals, Ensembles, Diffuseurs Indépendants de Musique).
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