Accompanied by the French chamber ensemble Le Consort, the French mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik performs Baroque cantatas. Harpsichord and conductor: Justin Taylor. A very beautiful Baroque music performance from young, talented musicians. Enjoy.

Baroque Cantatas (Eva Zaïcik, Justin Taylor, Le Consort)

Le Consort – Cantates Baroques programme

Cantatas from the French Baroque composers. With starting times in the video:

  1. 0:00:00 Louis Antoine Lefebvre: Les Regrets (Extrait), “Venez chère ombre”
  2. 0:04:38 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Bergère, “Prenons Une Route Nouvelle”
  3. 0:06:50 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Bergère, “Loin des yeux de Tirsis”
  4. 0:07:38 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Bergère, “Que c’est un tourment extrême”
  5. 0:09:08 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: La Bergère,”Mais, sur cette paisible rive”
  6. 0:12:45 Jean François Dandrieu: Trio Sonata in d-minor, Op. 1, No. 1 (extracts)
  7. 0:16:12 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Plainte for two violins (the term “plainte” used for a song or instrumental composition with a slow, lamenting character, used mainly in the 17th and 18th centuries)
  8. 0:18:15 Philippe Courbais: Ariane (extracts), “Ne vous réveillez pas encore”
  9. 0:21:40 Louis Antoine Lefebvre: Le Lever de L’Aurore (extracts), “L’astre que le silence suit”
  10. 0:23:33 Louis Antoine Lefebvre: Andromède, “J’attendrai la mort”
  11. 0:26:45 Louis Antoine Lefebvre: Andromède, “Andromède tremblante” (Récitatif)
  12. 0:27:24 Louis Antoine Lefebvre: Andromède, “Sur ces flots irrités”
  13. 0:29:26 Louis Antoine Lefebvre: Andromède,”Amour sous ton empire”
  14. 0:32:34 Jean François Dandrieu: Trio Sonata in A-major, Op. 1, No. 4
  15. 0:38:12 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Sonata la Félicité
  16. 0:39:25 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Le dépit généreux, “Mais pourquoi soupirer”
  17. 0:40:23 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Le dépit généreux, “Arbres épais”
  18. 0:43:50 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Le dépit généreux, “Chérirai-je toujours”
  19. 0:44:50 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: Le dépit généreux,”Douce tranquillité”
  20. 0:47:52 Michel Pignolet de Montéclair: L’Amour vengé : “Son bonheur commence en ce jour”
  21. 0:49:58 Jean François Dandrieu: Trio Sonata in g-minor, Op. 1, No. 3
  22. 0:57:00 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “Loin De La Jeune Hero”
  23. 1:00:08 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “Non c’est trop soutenir”
  24. 1:01:05 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “À ces mots, du rivage”
  25. 1:01:42 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “Dieu des mers”
  26. 1:07:45 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “Cependant sur les flots”
  27. 1:08:20 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “Tous les vents déchaînés”
  28. 1:09:52 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “C’en est fait, il périt”
  29. 1:11:57 Louis-Nicolas Clérambault: Léandre et Héro, “Amour, Tiran des tendres cœurs”

Eva Zaïcik

Eva Zaïcik
Eva Zaïcik

2018 saw young mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik – one of the most renowned opera singers of her generation – carry off the “Revelation Opera Singers” award at the “Victoires de la Musique Classique”, as well as prizes in two prestigious international competitions: 2nd Prize in the Queen Elisabeth Competition in Belgium; and in the “Voix Nouvelles” competition.

Her golden timbre, impressive range and stage presence had already earned her a place on the 8th session of William Christie’s Jardin des Voix with Les Arts Florissants, and other roles followed rapidly.

This interest in exchange between different cultures and time, travelling between Baroque and Romantic music with the same facilities led to the title role in Dido and Aeneas in Versailles Operas; Lybie in Lully’s Phaeton at the Perm and Versailles Operas with the Poème Harmonique; La Messaggiera and Speranza in Monteverdi’s Orfeo Theatre des Champs Elysées; the 3rd Lady in Mozart’s Magic Flute with Les Talens Lyriques, but also to Melibea (Rossini’s Il Viaggio a Reims), Farnace (Mozart’s Mitridate), Cherubino (Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro), Judith (Bartók’s A Kékszakallù Herceg Vara), Diane à la Houppe (Honegger’s Les Aventures du Roi Pausole) and Ernesto (Haydn’s Il Mondo della Luna) with the Atelier Lyrique de l’Opéra de Paris.

In 2019, she premiered the title role in Carmen at the Théâtre Impérial de Compiègne, and Sélyzette in Dukas’ Ariane and Bluebeard at Toulouse’s Théâtre du Capitole.

2020, will see her performing in many prestigious productions as Berlioz’s Les Nuits d’Eté with the Aalborg Symfoniokester in Danemark under the baton of Maestro Michael Schønwandt, then on a big tour in Brazil. She will also perform in New York as mezzo solo on the Monteverdi’s Marian Vespers with l’Ensemble Pygmalion, and will appears on Olivier Py’s new production as Paulina in Tchaikovsky’s Pikovaya Dama, before living on a Haendel Tour with Les Arts Florissants.

She has performed in many prestigious venues both in France and abroad (Philharmonie de Paris, Aix en Provence, Chorégies d’Orange, Avignon, Oude Muziek d’Utrecht, Festival Messiaen, Diaghilev Festival de Perm, Auditorio Nacional Madrid, Tchaïkovsky Concert Hall, Barbican Center, Royal Albert Hall de Londres, Seoul …) under the baton of such great conductors as (Alain Altinoglu, Leonardo Garcia Alarcòn, Marco Guidarini, Emmanuelle Haïm, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Cornelius Meister, David Reiland…

She often joins Justin Taylor and his Consort for several baroque programmes (including performances at Antwerp’s AMUZ Festival and the Bruges Concertgebouw). One of these programmes, devoted to French Cantatas, “Venez Chère Ombre”, has been recorded by Alpha.

Justin Taylor

At the age of only twenty-three, the Franco-American musician Justin Taylor won First Prize in 2015 at the prestigious International Musica Antiqua Harpsichord Competition in Bruges, obtaining in addition the Audience Prize, the Alpha Prize, and the EUBO Developing Trust Prize awarded to the most promising young European musician. He was later nominated as one of the three finalists in the “Instrumental Soloist Revelations” category in the 2017 “Victoires de la Musique”. That same year, the Professional Critics Association awarded him the “Musical Revelation of the Year” Prize.

His first disc appeared at Alpha in September 2016. Devoted to the Forquerays (“La Famille Forqueray: Portrait(s),” Alpha Classics, 2016), it received much international attention, including the award of a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, a “Choc de l’année” from the magazine “Classica,” a Grand Prix from the Charles Cros Academy. As gifted for the fortepiano as for the harpsichord, he has recorded Mozart’s 17th concerto (K 453) with Le Concert de la Loge : this disc was released at Aparté in September 2017 (Choc Classica). Justin has also recorded a double disc of Bach works for Deutsche Gramophone for the BACH 333 integral. His second disc, Continuum, devoted to Scarlatti and Ligeti, will appear in May 2018. Justin Taylor records exclusively for Alpha Classics.

Justin Taylor has indeed not neglected the chamber music repertory. With his ensemble, The Consort, he won the First Prize in 2017 at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, whose jury president is William Christie. In residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation, the young musicians of The Consort interpret repertories that are as varied as they are complementary: Baroque trio sonatas, vocal music with the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik (2nd Prize Queen Elisabeth), and classical chamber music with the fortepiano. He is sponsored by the Safran Foundation.

Le Consort

Baroque Cantatas Le Consort
Le Consort

Le Consort is a unique chamber music ensemble bringing together four young musicians who interpret the trio sonata repertoire with enthusiasm, sincerity, and modernity. From Corelli to Vivaldi, from Purcell to Couperin, the dialogue between the two violins and the basso continuo displays rich contrasts between vocal qualities, sensuality, and virtuosity. Le Consort takes possession of the genre, which represents the quintessence of Baroque chamber music, and gives it personal, dynamic, and colourful interpretations. For this coming season, Le Consort will be in residence at la Banque de France as well as at l’Abbaye de Royaumont.

In June 2017, Le Consort won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, whose jury president is William Christie. The ensemble has played in Paris (Salle Cortot, the Louvre Auditorium), at the Dijon Opera, at the Easter Festival in Deauville, at the Arsenal in Metz, at the MA Festival in Bruges, at the Sablé Festival, at the Pau Casals Foundation, at deSingel in Antwerp, at the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Kraków, among many other venues.

The ensemble has also often been featured on the France 3 television network, as well as on the France Musique and Radio Classique national radio stations. Le Consort works regularly with internationally famous musicians such as William Christie, Mathias Vidal, and Véronique Gens. The ensemble is in residency at the Singer-Polignac Foundation.

From the outset, the musicians of Le Consort fell head over heels for Jean-François Dandrieu’s unrecorded sonatas, which offer an extraordinary variety of sentiments. The ensemble’s disc Opus 1 (awarded a “Diapason d’or” de l’année) offers the entire set of them for the first time. Le Consort also relishes the vocal repertoire and works closely with the mezzo-soprano Eva Zaïcik.

With Zaïcik, they have recorded a programme of French cantatas, Venez chère ombre, which appeared in January 2019 at Alpha Classics and was unanimously praised by critics (CHOC Classica, “Choix” of France Musique, Télérama, Libération, Le Figaro, etc.). The ensemble has also made a third recording: 7 Particules (B Records, November 2018), which presents works by Vivaldi, Händel, and Telemann, as well as a contemporary creation by the composer David Chalmin. Le Consort is supported by the Mécénat Musical Société Générale sponsorship.

Le Consort musicians

Anna Besson, baroque flute (traverso, traversière)
Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin
Sophie de Bardonnèche, violin
Louise Pierrard, viola da gamba
Justin Taylor, harpsichord

Sources

M. Özgür Nevres

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