IN THE INTIMACY OF A PARISIAN SALON
Court songs and character pieces for a select audience circa 1700

January 17th, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Available until January 30

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IN THE INTIMACY OF A PARISIAN SALON

Court songs and character pieces for a select audience circa 1700

A voice, a bass viol and a harpsichord: these are the tools of entertainment for the music lovers who live in the beautiful mansions of the Marais and the Île Saint-Louis; those new districts of Paris which flourished in the 17th century. Thus, they could delight in the pièces de viole by Marin Marais with their evocative names— or perhaps in the court songs, severe or light, of Michel Lambert or Marc-Antoine Charpentier, delicately evoking love in all its various facets. In these pieces, listeners could doubtless recognize their own pangs of love, musically rendered in the most gallant fashion…


Musical program

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Pièce de viole Les Folies d’Espagne (choix de couplets)

Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Air Ma bergère est tendre et fidèle

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Air Profitez du printemps

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Marin Marais
Pièce de viole Muzette 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Air Ruisseau qui nourrit dans ces bois 

Marin Marais
Pièce de viole Caprice ou sonate

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Air Sans frayeur dans ce bois

Marin Marais
Pièce de viole Le Badinage 

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Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Air Ne Fripez point mon bavolet 

Marin Marais
Pièce de viole L’Arabesque

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Air Tristes déserts, sombre retraite

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Marin Marais
2e Suite de pièces, en ré majeur, du 4e livre
Prélude – Allemande La Familière – Boutade –
Gavotte La Favorite – Rondeau Le Gracieux

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Air Ah! Qu’ils sont courts les beaux jours

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Marin Marais
Pièce de viole La Biscayenne 

Marc-Antoine Charpentier
Air Retirons-nous, fuyons

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Marin Marais
Pièce de viole Les Voix humaines 

Michel Lambert
Air Vos Mépris chaque jour

L’Harmonie des saisons

• Mélisande Corriveau, artistic director
• Eric Milnes, musical director

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  • Philippe Gagné, ténor
  • Mélisande Corriveau, viole de gambe
  • Eric Milnes, clavecin

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  • Michel Keable, animation
  • Mario Proulx, interview
  • François Filiatrault, texts
  • Eric Milnes, recording, editing and mixing
  • Huei Lin, videography
  • Sahara von Hattenberger, videography assistance
  • Chantal Poulin, management and communications
  • Eric Milnes, video montage
     
     
     

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Recording at Bishop Stewart Memorial Church, Frelighsburg, Québec, Canada, September 2020

Production: L’Harmonie des saisons

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