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Love and Nature at Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas

festival de musique ancienne de callas 2017

Concert d’anges par Gaudenzio Ferrari, élève de Léonard de Vinci

From 16 to 25 July 2017, the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas celebrated Italian baroque music, explored by outstanding ensembles of musicians.

The Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas (Callas Festival of Ancient Music) has been presenting remarkable works of baroque music for 27 years, brilliantly performed by international highly talented ensembles. From July 16 to 25, the 2017 edition invited the music lovers to immerse in the theme of Italy, with magnificent works by Pergolese, Vivaldi and Monteverdi, which made the numerous public vibrate under the sacred vaults of the churches in Callas and the surrounding villages of Claviers, Bargemon and Figanières.

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Françoise Barre et Daniel Maria, Maire de Callas autour de Franck-Emmanuel Comte du Concert de l’Hostel Dieu

Diversity and quality requirement

In the heart of the Var and Provence, between the sea and the mountains, the charming village of Callas offers its cascading houses in the sun of the Midi, so popular with poets and painters. For 27 years, in July, the village has been providing its charms, its gastronomy and its privileged quality of life to music lovers of the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas, chaired by Mrs. Françoise Barre, also Artistic Director. Upholding diversity and quality requirement, the Festival sells out all the concerts in churches and the public again congratulated Françoise Barre and her team for their artistic choices.
The works have been performed at the Church of Notre Dame de l’Assomption in Callas but also in the churches of the surrounding villages, this year in the Church Saint Sylvestre of Claviers, in the Church Saint Etienne in Bargemon and in the Church Saint Michel in Figanières.

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Françoise Barre et son équipe saluent le public du Festival

Ancient music and Provençal conviviality

Places of worship, the churches of Dracénie become places of culture, where oratorios and music, profane or sacred, celebrate Love and Nature under the gothic vaults where music and songs enchant without microphone, sometimes with baroque and period instruments, under the very conditions of their creation in the XVIIth and XVIIIth centuries.
The ancient music joins the traditions of Provençal conviviality during the intervals, during which the public likes to refresh and to exchange musical impressions and emotions by tasting a fresh and delicious Rosé or a cup of Champagne.

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Le contre-ténor Maximin Marchand et la soprano Lucille Pessey – ensemble Parnassie du Marais

The whole range of human emotions

Baroque music, whose aesthetics and inspiration succeeded those of the Renaissance and preceded those of Classicism, goes through the whole spectrum of human emotions. Stiring the passions of the soul is the aim of Baroque music, the era of which begins in Italy with the works by Claudio Monteverdi and ends with the contemporaries of J.S. Bach and Handel. Through two major themes – the very essence of baroque music according to Matthieu Peyrègne: the passion of love and the blossoming of nature, composers express an effusion of feelings as colorful as flowers in Nature by the importance of ornaments and the expressiveness of the orchestra. Through the exaltation of the senses, the authors invite us to seek the right balance between the poles of the human soul: the sublime and the tender opposite to the hideous and vile.

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Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, dirigé par Franck-Emmanuel Comte

Jean Baptiste Pergolèse – Another Stabat Mater

At the opening of the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas, Sunday July, 16 in the Church N.-D. de l’Assomption of Callas, the ensemble Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu, conducted by Franck-Emmanuel Comte, interpreted Another Stabat Mater, orchestrated for 5 soloists and 7instrumentalists after an unpublished manuscript kept in Lyon in the old fund of the Lyon Municipal Library. Heather Newhouse – soprano, Majdouline Zerari – mezzo-soprano, Hugo Peraldo – tenor, Romain Bockler – baritone, Guillaume Olry – bass, were accompanied by Reynier Guerrero – first violin, Gabriel Ferry – violin, Cécile Désier – viola, Benoît Morel – cello, Pierre Bats – bassoon and Étienne Galletier – theorbo. Some Neapolitan polyphonies and Tarentelles, heard during the Holy Week of Naples, enriched with a note of gaiety the fervor of this original Stabat Mater Dolorosa.

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L’Ensemble Baroque de Monaco

Florilège for Castrats

On Wednesday, July 19, the angelic voices of Matthieu Peyrègne (high counter) and Gabriel Jublin (counter tenor), accompanied by five soloists from the Ensemble Baroque de Monaco, reverberated under the sacred vaults of the Church of Saint Sylvestre in Claviers. Both in duet and solo, the two singers have interpreted the most beautiful arias from the fascinating world of the castrati with Florilège pour Castrats (Anthology for Castrati), taking the public to a musical tour around Europe, from Monteverdi and Scarlatti‘s Italy to Purcell and Handel‘s England.
The castrati found their origins in the harems of the Ottoman Empire: the Vatican having banished the voices of women from the theaters of the first baroque, Rome had noticed the sharp register of the enuques’ voices. Castration preventing a teen’s voice changes, the male voices remained high, halfway between that of child and woman. The voice of the famous Farinelli (1705-1782) spanned three octaves. Fortunately, nowadays, the high counter and counter tenor voices are worked and shaped by adult men.

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Orchestre Les Passions, dirigé par Jean Marc Andrieu

Folies and Vivaldi

On Friday July 27, in the Church Saint-Etienne of Bargemon, the Orchestre Les Passions – under the direction of its creator, the famous flutist Jean-Marc Andrieu – gave various illuminations on the celebrity theme of La Follia with 8 musicians. Jean-Marc Andrieu proposed a sort of synthesis of four versions of La Follia, through the works of four composers who were inspired by it: Arcangelo Corelli, Francisco Geminiani, Carl-Philipp-Emanuel Bach (12 Variations über die Folie from Spain, for harpsichord alone) and Antonio Vivaldi. Originally, “La Follia” is a dance characterized by a rhythm of sarabande, a sort of choreographic rite linked to fertility: the dancers were carrying men dressed as women on their shoulders. at the end of the 15th century, it spread to almost all European countries and many musicians developed or varied it.
With Flavio Losco and Nirina Beloto, violins, Liv Heym, viola, Étienne Mangot, cello, Mathieu Serrano, bass, Ronaldo Correia de Lima Lopes, theorbo and Yasuko Uyama-Bouvard, harpsichord.

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Ensemble Les Zippoventilés, dirigé par Benoit Dumon

Magnificat and Gloria and The Summer of the Four Seasons – Vivaldi

The Church Saint-Michel in Figanières hosted the Ensemble Les Zippoventilés on Sunday, July 23, directed by Benoit Dumon, that performed two magnificent major works by Vivaldi: Gloria and Magnificat. The soprano Lisa Magrini and two vocal soloists, a tenor and Benoit Dumon, alto, were accompanied by a choir of 12 singers and an instrumental ensemble of instruments 7 with Flavio Losco, first violin and Étienne Mangot, cello.
The Magnificat, called the Song of Mary, is a homage to the Virgin, a song from the Gospel of Luke. The Gloria was originally a Christian song of praise intoned at the beginning of the mass after the Kyrie. This famous and popular composition was conceived by the master when he was practicing at the Pietà in Venice.
Before the intermission, four virtuosos, Flavio Losco, 1st violin, Philippe Tallis, second violin, Sophie de Badonneche, viola, and Étienne Mangot, cello, brilliantly interpreted The Summer from the Four Seasons, a superb concerto in three movements.

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L’Ensemble Parnassie du Marais, dirigé par Brigitte Tramier

Venice Gate of the Orient

For the closing concert, Wednesday 25 July in the Church N.-D. Of the Assumption of Callas, the harpsichordist Brigitte Tramier and her ensemble Parnassie du Marais, had reserved for the Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas the creation of their new original, fresh and very pleasant show: Venice Gate of the East. This enchanting spectacle plunged the public into the festive atmosphere of the Baroque Venice, for a musical stopover on the Silk Road.
The soprano Lucille Pessey and the counter-tenor Maximin Marchand, accompanied by the virtuoso Brigitte Tramier on harpsichord, Pascal Gallon at the lute, baroque guitar and theorbo – and flute – and Mathias Autexier on the various traditional percussions, explored the many riches of the 17th century Venice, a crossroads of European and Eastern cultures, where the musical currents intersect in an original polyphony: Sefarad chants and aria of Monteverdi Opera, traditional dances and streets serenades.

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Callas, a step towards the Gorges du Verdon

A few kilometers from the Muy, surrounded by a terroir dedicated to the vine, Callas is a first stage of charm on the way to the Gorges du Verdon. The village owes its notoriety to the famous Hostellerie des Gorges de Pennafort and its starred chef Philippe Da Silva, a haven of peace and gastronomy overlooked by the Pennafort Chapel, where an annual pilgrimage takes palce in an outstanding landscape. In addition to its quality restaurants, gastronomy and lifestyle are also well represented in the village: the Moulin de Callas presses a famous AOC virgin Olive Oil, Gold Medal in Paris. Gold Medals also for the Balsam and Trois Bois old vintage vinegars from the Vinaigrerie du Clos Saint Antoine. Finally, equally famous, the wine of the Bastide du Plan, also Gold Medal of, sublimates the dishes of the gastronomes in the region.

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Le village de Callas



Love and Nature at Festival de Musique Ancienne de Callas was last modified: August 3rd, 2017 by tamel

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