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BLESSED ECHOES

Forgotten music presents us with a particular kind of enigma. "Blessed Echoes" is the distant resonance of a bygone era, and a tribute to a great English musical tradition that appeared at the end of the 16th century: The Lute Song, a secular repertoire intended to be performed by amateur musicians. Officially, the first collection which presents this type of work was composed by John Dowland and published in London in 1597, towards the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I.  Blessed Echoes is a research project. For this programme, Près de votre oreille has collected dozens of Lute Song scores. Our research is focused on Lute Songs composed for four voices composed by John Danyel, Francis Pilkington, John Bartlet, Robert Jones, Thomas Campion, Michael Cavendish, Alfonso Ferrabosco II and John Dowland. As a sequel to the Come Sorrow programme, Près de votre oreille seeks to further its research into Elizabethan vocal music and offers you the opportunity to discover Songs composed for four singers, which will be accompanied by two gamba viols, a lute and a virginal. In the intimate and majestic setting of this group of eight musicians, we will introduce you to other masterpieces of Elizabethan and post-Elizabethan Song.

Blessed Echoes program had been created in 2020 february at Cité de la Voix in Vézelay, in coproduction with Entente Cordiale’s Cultural Center (concert at elisabethan theatre of Hardelot Castle in 2020 February 23th).

The recording had been made between 2021 september 5th and 9th at Saint-Sylvain Church in  Saint-Sauvant, with the support of Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes. It had received the financal support of SCPP, CNM, Mécénat de la Caisse des dépôts as well as a crowdfunding on Ulule platform.

PERFORMES - CONCERTS

ANAÏS BERTRAND - MEZZO SOPRANO
PAUL FIGUIER - COUNTERNOR
MARTIAL PAULIAT
- TENOR

NICOLAS BROOYMANS - BASS

RONAN KHALIL - VIRGINAL
THIBAUT ROUSSEL OU SIMON WADDELL - RENAISSANCE LUTE & CITTERN
MARION MARTINEAU - VIOLA DA GAMBA

ROBIN PHARO - VIOLA DA GAMBA & DIRECTION

21/02/20 Résidence et Concert à la Cité de la Voix de Vézelay, France
23/02/20 Théâtre élisabéthain du Château d'Hardelot, France
24/07/20 Festival de Saintes, France
10/08/22 Festival de Meymac, France
01/02/23 La Marbrerie, France
04/02/23 Conservatoire de Tourcoing, Atelier lyrique de Tourcoing, France
01/04/23 Théâtre de l'Alliance française, Généraiton France Musique le live, France
28/05/23 Festival La Folia, Suisse
13/08/23 Musicales de Normandie, France
14/09/24 Festival d'Ambronay, France
03/12/24 Palais Montcalm, Canada
06/12/24 Early Music Vancouver, Canada
08/12/24 Isabel Bader Center, Kingston, Canada
10/12/24 Salle Bourgie, Montréal, Canada

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