Il Paradiso perduto

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Il Paradiso perduto

Il Paradiso perduto, oratorio in two parts attributed to Luigi da Mancia (1658-c.1708), the manuscript can be found at the Lyon public Library, rating FM 133618 (Lyon Concert Academy funds).

Céline Scheen, soprano (Adamo)
Floriane Hasler, mezzo soprano (Eva)
Fabien Hyon, tenor (Il Dio)
Virgile Ancely, bass (Il Serpente)
Ana Vieira Leite, soprano (Angelo)
Dagmar Šašková, mezzo soprano (La Morte)
Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord and musical direction

Marco Bizzarini, musicologist
Maria Luisa Baldassari, score edition
Luc Hernandez, editorial advisor

On stage:
6 soloists, 27 instrumentalists, 1 conductor

Il Paradiso perduto, an unpublished oratorio

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu is known for preserving and enhancing Lyon’s baroque heritage. The ensemble’s 2021-2022 concert season will include a new project: the re-creation of the oratorio Il Paradiso perduto, a masterpiece attributed to the forgotten genius Luigi da Mancia, and of which the manuscript is preserved in the Lyon public library.

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu has started a fascinating musicological enquiry, in order to solve the many mysteries surrounding this manuscript and its alleged composer. The steps of the exciting adventure towards unearthing and bringing (back) to life a manuscript, of which the extraordinarily varied orchestration offers music of a surprising splendour, will include musicological research, transcription and edition, concerts and recordings.




OLYRIX - 23/03/2022 - Emmanuel Deroeux
"Under Franck-Emmanuel Comte's highly attentive and refined direction, Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu comes across as lively, highly nuanced and full of contrast."

PREMIERE LOGE - 24/03/2022 - Marc Dumont
"The Concert de l'Hostel Dieu, magnificently prepared and led by their conductor, shone in all its glory, by turns poetic or incisive, dramatic or inventive."

IL GIORNALE DELLA MUSICA - 26/03/2022 - Franco Soda
"Frank-Emmanuel Comte gives a calligraphic, punctual reading at the head of the Concert de l'Hostel Dieu which creates sparks: a continuous whirlwind of colours and sounds, sometimes rough, which contribute through the sound fresco to telling the biblical story in an emotional key." (translated from Italian)

ODB OPERA - 25/03/2022 - Perrine Bergon
"Franck-Emmanuel Comte, at the helm of his ensemble Concert de l'Hostel Dieu, makes the most of his musicians. He takes advantage of the extremely rich, inventive and varied orchestration (such as an aria carried by a trio of cellos, then taken up by a trio of flutes) to bring out the beautiful colours, play on the nuances and draw out some lovely mellow sounds".

CONCERTONET - Emmanuel Andrieu
"Thanks to the high standard and total commitment of the performers, we are convinced that this is a first-rate score well worth getting to know."

SCHERZO - 27/03/2022 - Franco Soda
"The composition is kaleidoscopic, as the orchestration changes with each number. There is a surprising succession of arias of fury, lament, comparison... which show a rare richness of timbre and colour." (translated from Spanish)

"Dagmar Šašková makes a very strong impression, with her mastery of the cascades of vocalisations in the aria of Death, the way she inhabits the role and the ease with which her voice fills the space of the Auditorium."

CLASSIQUEMAISPASHASBEEN – 24/03/2022 - Adelaide Robault
"The originality of the work lies [...] in the instrumentation. The divine marriage of theorbo and three solo cellos, for example, or the modern, almost cinematic use of percussion."

BAROQUIADES - 05/04/2022 - Dimitri Morel (complété par Bruno Maury)
"The performance ends to thunderous applause from the audience. Adam directed a mysterious kiss from his hand towards the orchestra. It was a really exciting two hours."

"The intuition of Franck-Emmanuel Comte, who was the first to realise the value of this music when he leafed through the manuscript in Lyon, has now enabled our country to discover an ancient composer of his own, hitherto half-forgotten, a worthy contemporary of Arcangelo Corelli and Alessandro Scarlatti...". (translated from Italian)

ONGAKU NON TOMO - Hiroshi Sanko
"A fiery performance by Le Concert de l'Hostel Dieu conducted by Franck-Emmanuel Comte and complemented by an excellent cast, including mezzo Dagmar Šašková and soprano Céline Scheen". (translated from Japanese)

In partnership with the Bibliothèque municipale de Lyon, the Istituto Italiano di Cultura di Lione and the Auditorium-Orchestre national de Lyon.

With the support of the Fondation Saint-Irénée, the Centre National de la Musique and SPEDIDAM.


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