A breath of Italy over the Regence – Pulcinella

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Jean-Baptiste Barrière (1707-1747)
Sonate 2 livre 3 pour violon, violoncelle et basse continue

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Pièces pour clavecin, violon et viole

Jacques Gallot (1625-1696)
Prélude et allemande “Le bout de l’an de Mr Gautier”

Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Sonate 3 livre 2 pour violoncelle et basse continue

Jean-Philippe Rameau
Troisième concert pour violon, viole et clavecin

Pancrace Royer (1703-1755)
La Marche des Scythes pour clavecin

Jean-Baptiste Barrière
Sonate 6 livre 2

Jean-Marie Leclair (1697-1764)
Sonate no 7 livre 3

Ophélie GAILLARD, cello and artistic direction
Gilone GAUBERT, violin
Pascale CLEMENT, viol/cello
Brice SAILLY, harpsichord
Claire ANTONINI, theorbo

A breath of Italy over the Regence

Monday July 29th, 21:00 – Valloire church

In the final years of Louis XIV’s reign, when puritanism prevails at the court under the influence of Madame de Maintenon, many musicians seek protection from Monsieur, the king’s brother. A keen art lover, himself a composer and painter, he attracts a large number of artists to his Palais Royal, mainly from Italy. A wind of freedom then sweeps across Paris, far from the gilded splendour of Versailles. These composers, most of them performers as well (Royer, Barrière, Leclair…), appropriate this artistic and intellectual hotbed, incidentally a venue for all kinds of debauchery. Spurred by technical and aesthetic breakthroughs from Italy, they innovate, invent, and even revolutionize instrumental writing.
This pivotal period witnesses impassioned quarrels, pitting partisans of the French style against advocates of Italian music, or opposing two rival instrument families: the viol family and the violin family.
This atmosphere of ebullient creativeness is what we are intent on restoring and sharing.

The ensemble Pulcinella

For twelve years now, Pulcinella has brought together a group of virtuoso soloists and chamber musicians equally thrilled by the practice of period instruments and all members of the most prestigious ensembles. Gathered around Ophélie Gaillard, these musicians carry out meticulous work on genuine sound and articulation, revisit major pages of the repertoire, or search for still unknown or lesser known works.
The ensemble’s six recordings have unanimously been praised by the press: Vivaldi’s Complete Sonatas for cello and basso continuo (2006), Luigi Boccherini (2007) and Bach Arias (2012). Since 2014, two CD’s devoted to C.P.E. Bach have received awards from the press, both national and international (Diapason d’Or of the year, Choc from Classica, honours in Strad, Toccata, Gramophone).
Pulcinella works with the best singers from among the younger generation and performs at the most prestigious venues (Théâtre du Châtelet, Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Arsenal de Metz, Festivals de Beaune, Radio France, Montpellier, Pontoise, Vézelay…) Internationally acclaimed by critics, the ensemble regularly appears in Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Italy) and Latin America.

Ophélie Gaillard, cello
Driven by an insatiable curiosity, a marked taste for risk and an immoderate appetite for the concertante cello repertoire as a whole, knowing neither frontiers nor chapels, the brilliant Franco-Swiss interpreter was from the start bound to distinguish herself from fellow cellists.
Elected “Revelation solo instrumentalist“ at the 2003 Victoires de la Musique Classique, she is now a prominent figure of international music venues. She is the favourite interpreter of contemporary composers, often involved in artistic projects with dancers and actors.
Her recordings include, all critically acclaimed, the complete works of several composers: Bach, Britten, Schumann, Fauré, then Chopin and Brahms. Her latest albums such as “Dreams“, recorded at Abbey Road, her colourful “Alvorada“, or again “Exiles“ dedicated to 20th-century exiled composers, have all met great success.
A much sought-after pedagogue, Ophélie Gaillard has been a professor at the Geneva Haute école de Musique since 2014. She also serves on the jury of several international competitions.

While committed to the creation of varied, dynamic musical programmes, Pulcinella, a staunch defender of people-oriented policies, is also actively involved in socio-cultural mediation.
Pulcinella is supported by DRAC Ile-de-France, Région Ile-de-France, ADAMI, SPEDIDAM, the Bureau Export, and the City of Pantin for its artistic activities. It is associate artist with the Société d’Encouragement pour l’Industrie Nationale and a member of FEVIS.