The overarching themes of this interesting collection of French Baroque concerts royaux and cantatas are war and peace. Composers Montéclair and Clérambault evoke the sounds of war with symphonies of trumpets, fifes and drums, and a mood of peace with the dulcet tones of musettes. Martin Gester and his ensemble Le Parlement de Musique offer colorful and incisive performances of this fascinating repertoire. Both the title work, Montéclair s Le Retour de la paix and Clérambault s cantata L isle de Délos feature the exciting young soprano Dorothée Leclair.
Recorded in 2010 during Riccardo Muti's first subscription concerts as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra's tenth music director, this new double-CD release pairs Hector Berlioz's beloved Symphonie fantastique with its sequel, Lélio, ou le retour de la vie (Lélio, or The Return to Life). Berlioz intended Symphonie fantastique to be followed by Lélio in concert, as the artist returns to life to comment anew on music and art. Maestro Muti and the CSO are joined in Lélio by the acclaimed actor Gérard Depardieu as the narrator, tenor Mario Zeffiri, bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen, and the Chicago Symphony Chorus. With the "conclusion and complement" of Symphonie fantastique, as Berlioz referred to Lélio, this recording increases listeners' familiarity with the music of a daring and revolutionary composer.
Le projet de Mélenchon pour l'élection présidentielle de 2017. Député européen (Front de Gauche), fondateur du Parti de Gauche et candidat du Front de gauche à la présidentielle en 2012.
Hearing or performing music comes closest in the range of human activity to a visceral connection to the past. As long as we have notation and knowledge of how to interpret it, we can effectively experience something like our ancestors did when they sang the same music. Of course, our 20th-century sensibilities and knowledge–or lack thereof–prevent us from sharing identical responses, but as with the music on this disc, when we hear it we are in some way transported to another place. We know a completely different sound world from our own; we know that the accepted order of certain things was different. And we also know that in many ways people haven't changed. Machaut's music conveys a spirituality–both joyful and contemplative–that's as true in its impact as it must have been 600 years ago, a point made ever so clearly by these especially vibrant and vital performances.