THE SUN RISES, THE KING ALSO RISES
Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Vos mépris chaque jour
Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
Entrée d’Apollon (extract from Triomphe de l’Amour)
Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
Héros des siècles passés (extract fromApollon)
THE CHURCH AND THE STATE
Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs
François Couperin (1668-1733)
Deuxième Leçon de ténèbres
Pierre Philidor (1681-1731)
Prélude – Allemande
Michel de la Barre (1675-1745)
GARDENS & GROVES
Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Chanson et Gavotte d’Aréthuse (extract from Actéon)
LES AMUSEMENTS, AFTER DINNER DELIGHTS
Les Folies d’Espagne
André Campra (1660-1744)
THE KING’S APOTHEOSIS
Passacaille (extract fromArmide)
Fuoco E Cenere
Julie Fioretti, soprano
Patricia Lavail, recorder
André Henrich, theorbo
Nora Dargazanli, harpsichord
Jay Bernfeld, viola da gamba & direction
One day in the life of the Sun King
Wednesday July 31st, 21:00 – Valloire church
As is often the case with great monarchs, documentation abounds about the life of Louis XIV, his days beginning and ending in public and in music ; festivities, state visits, prayers, meals… all of these occasions are highlighted by the various ensembles which compose the King’s Music. The artists, Lully first among them, are all bent on building the myth of the Sun King, and Versailles, the wondrous palace envied by all of Europe, is day and night alive with the sounds of peerless harmonies.
This programme will lead us through the palace and its magnificent gardens, following on the Sun King’s footsteps. Michel Lambert, Clérambault and Couperin, Marin Marais and Campra will escort us during the visit. Philidor, Michel de la Barre, and of course, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, will also cross our path. The composers’ parade will end with the impressive Passacaille from Armide by Lully, the iconic composer of royal music at Versailles, who dominated the whole of the French musical scene at the time.
Ensemble Fuoco E Cenere
Now in its fifteenth year, Fuoco E Cenere, an ensemble playing period instruments, stops at nothing in its choice of repertoire, ever eager to provide audiences with a unique musical experience – for example, as recently, mixing music and puppetry or music and haute cuisine…
Driven by director Jay Bernfeld’s love for song, Fuoco E Cenere feels privileged to collaborate with some of today’s and also tomorrow’s finest voices. The ensemble has released ten recordings covering 1000 years of music. Fantasy in Blue – Purcell meets Gershwin was hailed by Le Monde as a « veritable knock-out ». The recording of Marco da Gagliano’s regretfully little known masterpiece La Dafne was awarded an Orphée d’Or by the Académie du Disque Lyrique, and unanimously acclaimed by international critics.
Also notable was the choice made of Fuoco E Cenere for the musical illustration of the historical TV series Versailles, which retraces the early years of the reign of Louis XIV.
Born in New York, Jay Bernfeld anchored the first years of his musical apprenticeship in the city’s rich cultural life. After studying at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Jay Bernfeld participates in the recordings and concerts of Jordi Savall’s ensemble Hesperion XX.
He then moves to Paris where he participates in the first notable recordings of the Arts Florissants, directed par William Christie. He tours and records a number of times with the ensemble Capriccio Stravagante and, together with Skip Sempé, directs a series of first operas for the Ambronay festival, the Athens Concert Hall and Versailles.
Jay Bernfeld has devoted much of his work to the continuo, a key element of the baroque repertoire. He is especially dedicated to the transmission of the magic of 16th and 17th-century vocal music, essentially through madrigals and opera works, as clearly shown by the repertoire chosen for the ensemble Fuoco E Cenere, which he directs.