Michel Richard de Lalande (1657-1726)
Fanfare pour les Trompettes, Suite en Sol
Grande pièce en G Ré Sol
Musette du Ballet de l’Inconnu
Air des Combattants
Marche des bergers
Gayement et gracieusement
Entrée des Matelots
La tempête de Mr Rebel
Quatuor et Prélude de Mr Rebel
Suite avec les Trompettes
Prélude avec les Trompettes
Caprice de Villers-Cotterets
Chaconne en écho avec les trompettes
Le Poème Harmonique
Vincent Dumestre, musical direction
Mira Glodeanu, dessus de violon
David Rabinovici, dessus de violon
Catherine Ambach, dessus de violon
Tiphaine Coquempot, haute-contre de violon
Sophie Iwamura, taille de violon
Sylvia Abramowicz, quinte
Cyril Poulet, basse de violon*
Lucas Peres, viola da gamba
Elsa Frank, oboe, recorder
Vincent Robin, oboe, recorder, musette
Jérémie Papasergio, bassoon, recorder
Bruno Fernandes, trumpet 1
Pierre Meliz, trumpet 2
Samuel Domergue, percussion
Camille Delaforge, harpsichord*
Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy
Sunday July 28th, 21:00 – Valloire Church
When his Symphonies are first collected, in 1703, Lalande has already long accompanied life at Versailles with his music. Then in the king’s service for twenty years, the musician, employed as organist at the start, has rapidly become a royal favourite, securing the most coveted music-related positions at the court. From the chapel to the apartments, his compositions resonate throughout the palace. His Majesty prays, eats, laughs and weeps with them.
Though the manuscripts of the Symphonies state that “they are ordinarily played at the king’s supper”, these pieces reach far beyond. The airs and dances performed on various instruments are often extracts from operas, ballets or incidental works that Lalande composes to entertain the court. They conjure up a pageant of personas, passions, intrigues and portraits, in a palace where, more than anywhere else, life is a show.
Le Poème Harmonique
Formed in 1998, Le Poème Harmonique gathers around its founder, Vincent Dumestre, a group of passionate musicians dedicated to the interpretation of 17th and 18th century-music. Concerning opera works, the ensemble imagines large-scale shows in which music mixes with other performing arts – inviting puppeteers, circus artists, dancers… – thus recreating the team spirit and artistic symbiosis which so characteristically presided over the Baroque aesthetics. Its faithful collaboration with stage director Benjamin Lazar, forged around Lully, has resulted in several unanimously acclaimed productions (Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, Cadmus et Hermione, Egisto and Phaéton, recently staged at Versailles).
Regularly appearing at the most famous festivals and concert halls worldwide– Philharmonie de Paris, Opéra-Comique, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Opéra royal de Versailles, Festivals d’Ambronay, Beaune, and Sablé, Wigmore Hall (London), Forbidden City Hall in Beijing, Wiener Konzerthaus, Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts, University of Columbia (New York), Teatro San Carlo in Naples, Philharmonie of Saint-Petersburg…– the ensemble will celebrate its thousandth concert this year.
Among its thirty recordings are some of the greatest public successes, such as Aux marches du palais, devoted to French traditional songs, or landmark interpretations of major Baroque works (Monteverdi’s Combattimento, Couperin’s Leçons de Ténèbres). Majesté (Lalande‘s Grands Motets and Te Deum) their latest release, has also received unanimous applause.
Born in May 1968, Vincent Dumestre could not but make his musical debut under the auspices of the pioneers of the Baroque revival. He studies art history at the École du Louvre and the guitar at the École normale de musique de Paris, then devotes himself to the lute, baroque guitar and theorbo under Hopkinson Smith, Eugene Ferré and Rolf Lislevand. He performs with the Ricercar Consort, La Grande Écurie & La Chambre du Roy, Hespèrion XX or La Simphonie du Marais, then forms Le Poème Harmonique in 1998. Whether resurrecting or reconstructing scores, exploring familiar works or devising unexpected programmes, his intent is to offer genuine creations that provide fresh, exemplary visibility to a large repertoire of vocal and instrumental music.
Vincent Dumestre has been made Chevalier dans l’Ordre national des Arts et des Lettres and dans l’Ordre national du Mérite.
Le Poème Harmonique is supported by the Ministère de la Culture (DRAC of Normandy), the Région Normandie, the Département de la Seine-Maritime and the Ville de Rouen.
Le Poème Harmonique is in residence at the Fondation Singer-Polignac, where the ensemble rehearses.
Mécénat Musical Société Générale, the Caisse des Dépôts and Lubrizol France are sponsors of Le Poème Harmonique.