David Chalmin & Martyn Harry

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. This recording 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. 


1. Henry Purcell : Crown the Altar (Celebrate this Festival, Z 321)
Arrangement : Franck-Emmanuel Comte

2. David Chalmin : Music for a while
A : Music For A While
B : Hypnotic Cycles
C : Another Song

3. Martyn Harry : STAB

4. David Chalmin : Let me freeze again

5. Martyn Harry : Courante and Sarabande

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

7. Martyn Harry : Pastorale

8. David Chalmin : Ground

Axelle Verner, mezzo soprano
Franck-Emmanuel Comte, harpsichord, organ and direction

Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu
Mathieu Schmaltz, violin 1
Florian Verhaegen, violin 2
Aurélie Métivier, viola
Aude Walker-Viry, cello
Nicolas Janot, doublebass
Ulrik Gaston Larsen, theorbo, archlute and guitar
Maria Raffaele, obeo and flute
Florian Gazagne, bassoon and flute

Label: Aparte
Recording: recorded by Little Tribeca at the Temple Lanterne in Lyon from 20 to 23 October 2021
Art direction, sound recording, editing and mastering : Franck Jaffrès
Translation: Emmanuelle Ayrton (note) et Mary Pardoe (paroles)
Photos : Julie Cherki, Florent de Gaudemar, Jean Combier
Graphism : Vivien Le Jeune Durhin

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.

50/50 is supported by Maison de la musique Contemporaine, Centre National de la Musique and Région Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.

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