The dreamy set in London

The trip to the Baroque musical Europe proposed by the ensemble La Rêveuse is now staged in the British capital. Delightful …

A few years ago, the musicians of La Rêveuse, brought together by the gambist Florence Bolton and the lutenist Benjamin Perrot, delighted us with rare treasures of Baroque music. United at the city and at the stage – the two musicians met during their studies at the conservatory (CNSM) of Lyon – they explore and transmit the repertoire they like, painting a portrait of a past artistic Europe of which our years 2010 could sometimes be inspired …

Thus, after a Marin Marais to make rise a radiant sun on every morning of the world, La Rêveuse invited herself on the other side of the Chanel, at the turn of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. For this first volume of a trilogy, Florence Bolton and Benjamin Perrot have chosen to honor London composers. And if Henry Purcell, legitimately passed on to posterity, opens and closes the ban, the disc offers to discover the talent of forgotten composers, Godfrey Finger (who anglicized his Germanic name Gottfried) or William Croft (1678-1727) ), organist at Westminster Abbey.

An "Operabus" to reclaim cultural deserts

Art of synthesis and singularity

After the "Cromwell years" marked by conflict and aesthetics more austere than festive, artists release their imagination and, favored by princes or enlightened patrons, revisit their traditions, inviting the public to gather around the music. Admiring their Italian colleagues, borrowing also the fashions of Germany or Bohemia, English composers develop their own insular style, as evocative and subtle as the capricious skies of Albion. Florence Bolton is not unhappy that this project joins our news: " At the time, many foreign musicians came to London, a city that was very open at the time. At the time of the Brexit, we wanted to show that English baroque music was finally very European … " To listen as a long garland sound where each work introduces the next or to taste sonata sonata, this recording as sensual as reflected is pure happiness.

Emmanuelle Giuliani


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