LES CYCLOPES_Bestiaire viennois_En


Giovanni Valentini (1582 – 1649)
Aria for 2 violins
Clamor Heinrich Abel (1634 – 1696)
Sonata for 2 violins
Antonio Bertali (1605 – 1669)
Sonata for 2 violins
Clamor Heinrich Abel (1634 – 1696)
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620 – 1680)
Sonata for 2 violins
Antonio Bertali (1605 – 1669)
« Tausend gulden », sonata
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620 – 1680)
« Lamento sopra la morte Ferdinandi III »
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber (1644 – 1704)
« Sonata violino solo representativa », Allegro – Die Nachtigal (the nightingale) – Cucu (the cuckoo) – Der Frosch (the frog) – Die Henne und der Hahn (the rooster and the hen) – Die Wachtel (the quail) – Die Katz (the cat) – Musketier Marsch (Musketeers’ march) – Allemande
Johann Jacob Froberger (1616 – 1667)
« Méditation faite sur ma mort future laquelle se joue avec discrétion », Méditation – Gigue – Courante – Sarabande
Johann Heinrich Schmelzer (1620 – 1680)
« Polnische Sackpfeif », for two violins and continuo
Les Cyclopes
Bibiane Lapointe, harpsichord and direction
Thierry Maeder, organ and direction
Lathika Vithanage, Katia Viel, violins
Lucile Boulanger, viola da gamba

A Viennese bestiary and other meditations

Battles, animal cries, tombeaux and musical jokes
Friday July 28th, 21:00 – Valloire Church
The Thirty Years’ War bled German provinces all but dry, but it also displaced and mixed a number of peoples, bringing about durable changes in musical practices. The Viennese imperial court is definitely much weakened, yet, rallying around Ferdinand III of Hapsburg and Leopold I, his successor, it soon restores a particularly dynamic, inventive musical life. The two emperors, themselves musicians and composers, spare no effort to find the best instrumentalists and singers, such as Biber, Schmelzer, Bertali, Froberger or Valentini, all great virtuosos from Central Europe or Italy. All of them vie in creativeness to entertain the monarchs in these troubled times and contribute to the prestige and influence of the court.
Their style is in the vanguard of the baroque novelties described by Athanasius Kircher, the “Master of a Hundred Arts”.
In line with the musica poetica and the stylus phantasticus which allow, if not extol, burlesque depictions, imitations of animal cries, existential meditations, caustic caricatures, a new baroque language emerges, all at once expansive, brilliant, tender and passionate.

Les Cyclopes

Directed by Bibiane Lapointe and Thierry Maeder, the ensemble Les Cyclopes explores the luxuriant world of baroque in an approach full of liveliness, energy, gusto, yet acurate and versatile.
After completing their musical training with Ton Koopman (Amsterdam conservatory), Bibiane Lapointe and Thierry Maeder perform with a number of early music ensembles, among which Collegium Vocale Gent and the Chapelle Royale, and then join Musica Antiqua Köln.
Spurred by their indefatigable curiosity, they found Les Cyclopes, a baroque ensemble dedicated to the revival of rare works. With the Pierre Vérany label they record « Musicalische Ergötzung » by J. Pachelbel, « Hortus Musicus » by J.A. Reincken, J. Aubert’s concertos for four violins and, a world premiere, the concertos for two harpsichords and orchestra by C.S. Binder. Bibiane Lapointe records harpsichord pieces while Thierry Maeder records organ pieces, all by Nicolas Lebègue. These recordings have met great critical acclaim worlwide (Continuo-USA, Gramophone-GB, In tune-Japan, Ritmo-Spain) and received many awards (Diapason d’or, 10 by Répertoire, 5 diapasons, **** by Monde de la Musique).
Les Cyclopes perform in France, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, The Netherlands, and also in Korea, Russia… They appear at festivals such as Festival Oude Muziek at Utrecht, Tage alter Musik at Regensburg, Berliner Tage für alte Musik, Festival de Radio-France at Montpellier, at Ambronay, Bozar in Brussels, at Brescia, Montreux, Lausanne…
Bibiane Lapointe is head of the Départements de Musique ancienne at the Pôle Supérieur PSPBB and of the CRR at Boulogne-Billancourt, also teaching the harpsichord in these two schools.
Thierry Maeder teaches continuo at the CNSM in Paris and harpsichord at the CRR at Caen.
Les Cyclopes‘s web site : www.lescyclopes.org