Crown the Altar (extrait de l’Ode « Celebrate this Festival », Z 321)
Music for a while (d’après « Music for a while » de H. Purcell)
A : Music For A While
B : Hypnotic Cycles
C : Another Song
STAB (d’après Les Matassins de J.B. Lully)
Let me freeze again (d’après King Arthur de H. Purcell)
Courante and Sarabande
Les Matassins (Ballet Xerxès, LWV 12)
Gigue (Ballet de Toulouse, LWV 13)
« Sans frayeur » (air de cour)
Pastorale (d’après Actéon de M.A. Charpentier)
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
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
FULL-LENGTH VIDEO ON CULTUREBOX - FRANCE TV
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