9th Festival Palazzetto Bru Zane Paris

Mélodies with orchestra

Concert Mélodie Théâtre des Champs-Élysées
Who is familiar today with the immense repertory of mélodies with orchestral accompaniment produced by the French Romantic School? Saint-Saëns wrote to Marie Jaëll in 1876: ‘If you want an orchestra for your lied [sic], do not hesitate. The lied with orchestra is a social necessity; if such things were available, people would not always be singing operatic arias in concerts, where they often make a pitiful effect.’ Over and above that struggle against the predominance of operatic arias, the artistic project was transformed into a political debate: the aim was to refashion the Ars Gallica at a time when German art was conquering Europe. In this context, meticulous attention was paid to the orchestration of the mélodie. Orchestral colour is placed at the service of the poem, which was generally perceived as predominating over the music: use of the orchestra was held to allow the composer to adjust the verse to the melody as a jeweller sets a gem. Two schools of thought developed in parallel: the miniaturists who used sparing orchestrations (Massenet, Dubois, Saint-Saëns) and the symphonists who aspired to more ample sonorities (Duparc, Jaëll, Lili Boulanger). This recital presented in collaboration with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris will reveal the shimmering textures of this rarely performed music, with the solos for harp, piano and cello assigned to three international artists alongside the quartet of singers.

Programme

Mélodies by CHAUSSON, FAURÉ, DEBUSSY, DUBOIS, MASSENET, SAINT-SÄENS, etc.

Dates

Wed 29 June 2022
20.00
Théâtre des Champs-Élysées, Paris

Performers

ORCHESTRE DE CHAMBRE DE PARIS
Hervé Niquet conductor
Véronique Gens soprano
Hélène Guilmette soprano
Julien Dran tenor
Tassis Christoyannis baritone
Emmanuel Ceysson harp
Xavier Phillips cello
Cédric Tiberghien piano
Co-production Orchestre de chambre de Paris / Palazzetto Bru Zane