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Henry Purcell
Crown the Altar (extrait de l’Ode « Celebrate this Festival », Z 321)

David Chalmin
Music for a while (d’après « Music for a while » de H. Purcell)   
A : Music For A While
B : Hypnotic Cycles
C : Another Song

Martyn Harry
STAB (d’après Les Matassins de J.B. Lully)                           

David Chalmin
Let me freeze again (d’après King Arthur de H. Purcell)   

Martyn Harry
Courante and Sarabande          

Jean-Baptiste Lully
Les Matassins (Ballet Xerxès, LWV 12) 
Gigue (Ballet de Toulouse, LWV 13)                  

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
« Sans frayeur » (air de cour)

Martyn Harry
Pastorale (d’après Actéon de M.A. Charpentier)    

David Chalmin
Ground Z (d’après Crown the Altar de H. Purcell)

Axelle Verner, mezzo soprano
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, organ and musical direction
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu

Gaultier Durhin, visual conception and scenography

On stage:
1 soloist, 10 instrumentalists (string quintet, bassoon/flute, oboe/flute, theorbo/guitar, organ)

A cross look between baroque and contemporary music, between French and English aesthetics.

Half Baroque, half contemporary, half French, half British: this is the challenge taken up here by Franck-Emmanuel Comte and Le Concert de L'Hostel Dieu. 50/50 presents in the same programme pieces by Lully and by Purcell, together with contemporary creations by the Frenchman David Chalmin, inspired by Purcell but also jazz/rock and minimalism, and the British composer Martyn Harry, inspired by Lully. Both contemporary composers combine the sounds of Baroque instruments with their own expression, thus removing borders and engaging in a dialogue involving different periods and different languages. Axelle Verner lends her mezzo voice and her unique personality to the vocal pages of this programme.

let me freeze again: video clip

50/50's interviews




FRANCE INTER | 06.09.2022 | Stéphane Capron (14')
"The album is rich in diverse sounds."
"A poetic work [clip], beautiful to watch on youtube."

FRANCE MUSIQUE | 19.09.2022 | Emilie Munera (52')
"A very interesting program, which gets off the beaten tracks."

CLASSIQUE MAIS PAS HAS BEEN | 23.09.2022 | Claire de Castellane
"A spinning, heady, silky and strangely timeless music."
"The disc 50-50, gives to hear with talent that the contemporary music does not always answer the injunction to make new."

CONCERTCLASSIC | 25.09.2022 | Laurent Bury
"These different forms of hybridization are quite seductive, and the ensemble finds its usual sound to interpret with vigor two gigues composed by Lully."



LE PROGRES | 20.09.2022 | Gaëlle Riche

FRANCE MUSIQUE | 22.09.2022 | Jean-Baptiste Urbain (11')


Produced by Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu

50/50 is supported by Diaphonique, Franco-British fund for contemporary music in partnership with Sacem, Friends of the French Institute of the United Kingdom, the British Council, the Ministry of Culture, the French Institute, the French Institute of the United Kingdom, Le Bureau Export, the Salabert Foundation.

With the support of the Maison de la Musique Contemporaine, the Centre National de la Musique and the Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

In partnership with the London festival of baroque music, Oxford University, the Ambronay Festival, Label Aparté and Libelo Productions.


2 sept. 2022           50/50: disc release

15 mai 2023
London Festival of Baroque Music | St John's Smith Square
Londres (Royaume-Uni)
17 may 2023
Ludlow Assembly Rooms
Ludlow (Royaume-Uni)
19 may 2023
University of Oxford | Holywell Music Room
Oxford (Royaume-Uni)
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