Arts-Scène Diffusion

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EARLY MUSIC

Douce Félicité

Douce Félicité

Court Airs by Michel Lambert and Sebastien Le Camus

This concert brings honor to both of the major composers of the French air de cour in the second half of the 17th century: Michel Lambert and Sébastien Le Camus. We chose to alternate one voice arias with lesser known polyphonic airs, which reflect the contrapuntal mastery of both musicians.

Singer, instrumentalist and dancer, Michel Lambert (1610 - 1696) is one of the most important composers of the court airs of the second half of the 17th century in France. Under the reign of Louis XIV, when his son Lully was already established as Superintendent of the King's Music, Michel Lambert gets the post of the King's Chamber, a post he hold until his death.

Sébastien Le Camus (1610 - 1677) also occupies a prominent place among the musicians who lived under Louis XIII and Louis XIV. In 1648 he was Intendant of Music for Gaston of Orleans then at the time of the marriage of Louis XIV with Maria Theresa in 1660 he shares with Jean-Baptiste Boesset the post of Superintendent of Music. Finally, he obtained the post of Ordinary of the King's Chamber at the death of Louis Couperin. His son, Charles Camus will also become a composer and publish in 1678 a posthumous collection of his father.

 

This programme is available with variable configurations:

Minimum effective: 5 musicians
Dagmar Saskova soprano
Francisco Javier Mañalich tenor & viola da gamba
Ronald Martin Alonso viola
Felipe Guerra harpsichord
Manuel de Grange lute, theorbo & artistic direction

6 musicians: minimum size + 1 viola da gamba
7 musicians: 4 singers and 3 instrumentallists

11 musicians
Dagmar Saskova, Barbara Kusa, François-Nicolas Geslot, Francisco-Javier Mañalich, Arnaud Richard voice
Vojtech Semerad et Josef Zak violins
Ronald Martin Alonso, Francisco-Javier Mañalich et Antoine Touche violas da gamba
Felipe Guerra harpsichord
​Manuel de Grange lute, theorbo & direction

 

Duration : 1h15

Press

Alain Cochard, Concertclassic.com, octobre 2015

[…] la richesse de la voix de Dagmar Saskova séduit l’oreille […] Au côté de la soprano, Francisco Manalich donne la mesure de son talent puisqu’il est, en alternance, gambiste et ténor : sa voix souple et son timbre ensoleillé conviennent parfaitement au genre de l’air de cour et s’apparient on ne peut mieux avec la couleur vocale de D. Saskova […] Dans « Laissez la durer la nuit » de Le Camus, Manalich donne la mesure de son sens poétique, soutenu par l’expressif théorbe de Manuel de Grange.

Denis Grenier, Ut pictura musica, 10 juillet 2017

La prestation est de nouveau convaincante, l’engagement des chanteurs total, le soutien instrumental idoine, et la direction à la fois sûre et souple. Le kaleidoscope permet de suivre avec plaisir l’évolution de cette forme typiquement française. Jamais la pédagogie, bien au contrare, n’atténue l’expression, le seul et véritable but de la musique.

Reinmar Emans, Fono Forum, décembre 2017

A nice collection. Especially the two sopranos show a strong emotional involvement in the title song of Michel Lambert, which is communicated very nicely.

Loïc Chahine, Diapason, Décembre 2017

Le collectif de Manuel de Grange soigne une indéniable beauté plas­tique du son, manifeste dès le pre­mier des airs polyphoniques.

T. Moore, American Record Guide, janvier 2018

All the individual voices are beautifully produced and expressive, and the combination is well tuned and rich. [...] All in all, an excellent presentation of worthy repertoire. Don't miss it.

Discography

Douce Félicité

Douce Félicité


Dagmar Saskova & Barbara Kusa, dessus
François-Nicolas Geslot, haute-contre
Francisco Javier Mañalich, taille
Arnaud Richard, basse
Manuel de Grange, direction

Musica Ficta, 2017

Michel Lambert and Sébastien Le Camus were among the most important composers of Louis XIV's reign. While not involved in opera, where Lully reigned supreme, they were ubiquitous in the aristocratic and intellectual salons. Their airs sérieux display to perfection the refinement and balance central to French good taste. The structure of these pieces is simple; their beauty is enhanced by flowing melodic lines, richly expressive harmony and texts that emphasise the enchantment and sweetness of love. 


Audio

Michel Lambert, Vos yeux adorables

extract from the CD Douce Félicité


Douce Félicité

Dagmar Saskova & Barbara Kusa
extract from the CD Douce Félicité


Ah, puisque la rigueur extrême

extract from the CD Douce Félicité


Folders

Douce Felicité
Douce Felicité

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