Choral Concert 3

Le Concert des Nations | La Capella Reial de Catalunya | Jordi Savall | soloists

Charpentier | Handel | Vivaldi | Bach

Fri, 16106

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

12.03.-20.03. 2016




    Choral Concert 3

    Le Concert des Nations | La Capella Reial de Catalunya | Jordi Savall | soloists

    Jordi Savall  conductor
    Marta Mathéu  soprano
    Romina Basso  mezzo-soprano
    Rachel Podger  concertmaster
    Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704)
    Te Deum, H 146
    George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
    Jubilate Deo in D major, HWV 279
    Antonio Vivaldi (1678–1741)
    Magnificat in G major, RV 610
    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
    Magnificat in D major, BWV 243
    To conclude his Lucerne residency, Jordi Savall has programmed music praising the divine from four countries – and on a grand scale, with his orchestra Le Concert des Nations and his vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya. France is represented by Charpentier’s indestructible Te Deum, whose snappy Prélude has had another career as the theme for Eurovision. Handel composed his Jubilate Deo in 1713 for London’s celebration of the Peace of Utrecht. In the second part Savall will juxtapose two fundamentally different settings of the Magnificat – the hymn of praise sung by the Virgin Mary. The Italian Antonio Vivaldi writes a concise but dramatically inflected setting. In his famous adaptation, by contrast, the Leipzig cantor Johann Sebastian Bach celebrates a Baroque festival with triumphant trumpets and an ecstatic choir of angels – as if the heavenly hosts themselves were singing.

    Le Concert des Nations

    The orchestra Le Concert des Nations was founded in 1989 by Jordi Savall and Montserrat Figueras and is the youngest of their three ensembles. Its name is taken from François Couperin’s compilation Les Nations, which symbolizes the union of the “tastes” and the vision of a single Europe of the arts. The musicians in this orchestra come mostly from Latin countries, and all of them are renowned specialists on period instruments. Their repertoire, which they perform in many international music centers and at leading early music festivals, starts with the earliest orchestral compositions of the 17th century and extends to the masterpieces of early Romanticism. Charpentier’s Canticum Beatae Virgine was the first project undertaken by Le Concert des Nations; they then went on to perform music by Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven, as well as Arriaga and Boccherini. In 1992 Le Concert des Nations made its debut as an opera orchestra with Una cosa rara by Vicente Martín y Soler; this premiere was followed by various productions, including Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo. The orchestra has additionally devoted itself to such rarities as Hidalgo’s Celos aun del aire matan, which they have performed in Salamanca, Barcelona, and Vienna, and Vivaldi’s Farnace, initially produced at the Teatro de la Zarzuela in Madrid and with subsequent performances by the ensemble in Bordeaux, Vienna, and Paris. Le Concert des Nations has recorded more than 40 CDs, many of which have won awards. Their most recent releases appeared in the fall of 2015: Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis and an album titled Les Éléments, which features Baroque music depicting water, tempests, and thunderstorms. Le Concert des Nations is supported by the Departament de Cultura of the Generalitat de Catalunya and the Institut Ramon Llull.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 27 March 2004 in works by Scheidt, Monteverdi, Falconieri, Marini, and Schein.

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    La Capella Reial de Catalunya

    The vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya was founded in 1987 by Montserrat Figueras and Jordi Savall with the goal of exploring and performing Spanish vocal polyphony before 1800. Their model was the royal vocal ensembles known in medieval times as the “Capelles Reials” or “Chapels Royal,” for whom the great sacred and secular works of the Iberian peninsula were composed. The repertoire of the Capella Reial de Catalunya ranges from the cantigas of Alfons el Sabio and the Llibre Vermell de Montserrat to Mozart’s Requiem; it especially includes composers of the Renaissance and of the Catalan, Spanish, and European Baroque, from Mateu Flecha, Cristóbal de Morales, and Francisco Guerrero to Claudio Monteverdi and Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber. Their work also embraces Sephardic songs, the romances from Don Quixote by Cervantes, and Spanish music of the 15th century and even includes an excursion into contemporary music with works by Arvo Pärt. Since its founding, the ensemble has performed under the direction of Jordi Savall in concerts around the world, appearing at the most important early music festivals. They are also active in opera performances: for example, the Capella Reial de Catalunya has taken part in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo at the Gran Teatre del Liceu, the Teatro Real Madrid, the Konzerthaus in Vienna, Opéra de Bordeaux, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the Edinburgh Festival. The ensemble has moreover participated in the sound-track for Jacques Rivette’s Jeanne La Pucelle, a history film about the life of Jeanne d’Arc. To date the singers have released some 40 CDs, many of which have garnered awards. La Capella Reial de Catalunya has been sponsored by the Generalitat de Catalunya since 1990 and is supported by the Institute Ramon Llull.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) debut as part of the 1995 Easter Festival, when the chorus performed in two concerts conducted by Jordi Savall.

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    Jordi Savall

    Conductor, gambist, and music researcher Jordi Savall is appearing at the 2016 Easter Festival as artist-in-residence in three events: a world music-inspired “Dialogue of Souls,” a solo recital, and a concert of Baroque choral music. Born in 1941 in Igualada (Catalonia), he initially studied cello in Barcelona before training on the viola da gamba with August Wenzinger at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Together with his late wife, Montserrat Figueras, who died in 2011, he founded the Ensemble Hespèrion XX (today known as Hespèrion XXI) in 1974, which is above all devoted to the early music of Spain and the Mediterranean. He founded the vocal ensemble La Capella Reial de Catalunya in 1987 and, in 1989, its orchestral counterpart, Le Concert des Nations. Jordi Savall is responsible for numerous rediscoveries, from Sephardic romances to operas by Vicente Martín y Soler – unjustly neglected musical treasures that he has presented anew to an audience of millions. Some 140 performances each year take him around the globe. Savall is also known to a still wider public through the film Tous les matins du monde, about the life of the gambist Monsieur de Sainte-Colombe; for the soundtrack he won the César Award. To date Jordi Savall has released more than 230 recordings; these have garnered such awards as the Grammy Award, the Cannes Classical Award, and the International Classical Music Award; since 1998 his CDs have appeared on his own label, Alia Vox, mostly accompanied by lavishly illustrated small books. Jordi Savall has earned numerous honorary doctorates, is a European Union Ambassador for intercultural dialogue, and has been named a UNESCO “Artist for Peace.” He won the Handel Music Prize from the city of Halle in 2009, the International Peace Music Award in 2010, and the Léonie Sonning Music Prize in 2012.

    Debut bei LUCERNE FESTIVAL (IMF) am 2. September 1992 mit dem Ensemble Hespèrion XX und spanischer Musik des 15. und 16. Jahrhunderts.

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    Hanna Bayodi-Hirt

    The soprano Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, who comes from a French-Moroccan family, studied classical philology and completed her vocal training at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris. In 2003 she won first prize at the International Oratorio Competition in Clermont-Ferrand. She launched her career at the age of 21 when Christophe Rousset engaged her for a performance of Charpentier’s La Pastorale de Noël at the Thé-âtre des Champs-Elysées in Paris. Afterward she began working regularly with William Christie, including in productions of Handel’s Hercules at the Barbican Centre in London; of Rameau’s Les Paladins, performed at the Megaron in Athens and at Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo; and in a Monteverdi trilogy at the Teatro Real in Madrid. Bayodi-Hirt has performed in Purcell’s The Fairy Queen and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at the Opéra de Lille under the direction of Emmanuelle Haïm. Jordi Savall has also engaged her for several concerts, including Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Die Israeliten in der Wüste, Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber’s Missa Salisburgensis, and the project Guerre et Paix. Hanna Bayodi-Hirt has been a guest artist at Netherlands Opera, the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Vlaamse Opera in Antwerp and Ghent, the Festival Oude Muziek in Utrecht, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. In the first months of 2016 she sang in Rameau’s Pygmalion with the ensemble Trondheim Barokk under Christophe Rousset; with the Ricercar Consort she appeared in the “Folle Journée de Nantes.” Following her engagement in Lucerne she will join with Jordi Savall to perform Handel’s La resurrezione at the Cité de la Musique in Paris.

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    Marta Mathéu

    The soprano Marta Mathéu was born in Tarragona (Catalonia), where she received comprehensive training at the municipal conservatory in piano, voice, and organ. She completed additional vocal studies with Ana Luisa Chova at the Joaquín Rodrigo Conservatory in Valencia; she additionally took master classes with such artists as the singers Montserrat Caballé, Elena Obraztsova, and Nelly Miricioiu and, in the field of lieder, with the pianists Roger Vignoles and Wolfram Rieger. Marta Mathéu successfully took part in various singing competitions, winning first prize at the Voces Juvenes Manuel Ausensi Competition in 2007 and the audience prize at the Concurso Montserrat Caballé and, in 2008, second prize, the Mozart Award, and the audience prize at the Concurso Internacional de Canto Francisco Viñas. Mathéu made her operatic debut in 2008 as Marcellina in Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. Her repertoire includes other Mozart roles such as the Countess in Figaro, Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, and Servilia in La clemenza di Tito, which she most recently sang under Fabio Biondi at the Mozart Festival in La Coruña, as well as roles in operas by Xavier Montsalvatge, Leoš Janáček, and Richard Wagner. In December 2015 she appeared at the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona as part of a memorial performance for Pablo Casals in his nativity play El Pessebre, which was directed by Josep Pons. Marta Mathéu is especially devoted to the Baroque repertoire, which she performs with such conductors as Jordi Savall, Sir Neville Marriner, Michel Corboz, and Ivor Bolton; in addition she has worked with Eiji Oue, Antoni Ros-Marbà, and Victor Pablo Pérez. In 2011 Marta Mathéu received the Culture Prize of the City of Tarragona.

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    Romina Basso

    The mezzo-soprano Romina Basso, who was born in Gorizia on the Italian-Slovenian border, received her vocal training at the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory in Venice and additionally completed a degree in Italian literature at the University of Trieste. Major influences have included her master classes with Peter Maag, Regina Resnik, Rockwell Blake, Claudio Desderi, Elio Battaglia, and Claudio Strudthoff. She launched her career as the winner of the prestigious Concorso Internazionale per Cantanti Toti dal Monte. Early on Basso started specializing in the music of the Baroque era, and she has been sought after as a Vivaldi performer ever since, whether onstage or for her numerous recordings of his operas. She has worked with renowned early music ensembles, including with Ottavio Dantone and the Accademia Bizantina, Rinaldo Alessandrini and the Concerto Italiano, Fabio Biondi and L’Europa Galante, Chiara Banchini and Ensemble 415, Marc Minkowski and Les Musiciens du Louvre, and William Christie and Les Arts Florissants. Romina Basso also had a close relationship with the late American conductor Alan Curtis, who died in 2015, under whose direction she recorded Vivaldi’s Catone in Utica and Handel’s Giu-lio Cesare, Berenice,and Tolomeo. In recent seasons Basso has been a regular guest artist at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Theater an der Wien, where she recently appeared in Handel’s Amadigi di Gaula and in Gluck’s Demofoonte. In the 2015-16 season so far she has performed the role of Irene in Handel’s Tamerlano at the Barbican Centre in London and took part in a production of Handel’s Partenope at La Coruña conducted by Riccardo Minasi.

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    Cyril Auvity

    The French tenor Cyril Auvity, who was born in 1977, is a native of Montluçon in the Auvergne. He studied physics at the University of Lille while at the same time completing his vocal training at the Lille Conservatory, and he launched his career in 1999 as the winner of the Concours International de Chant in Clermont-Ferrand. He was soon discovered by William Christie, who engaged him for his production of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria at the Aix-en-Pro-vence Festival. Ever since then Auvity has collaborated regularly with Christie. Under his direction he has sung in Charpentier’s Les Arts Florissants and David et Jonathas, has undertaken the title role in Rameau’s Pygmalion, and will perform Campra’s Les fêtes venitiennes with Christie in April 2016 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York City. Christophe Rousset, Hervé Niquet, Vincent Dumestre, and Ottavio Dantone are also among Auvity’s musical partners; Emmanuelle Haïm engaged him as Basilio for her production of Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro at Lille Opera. With his own ensemble, L’Yriade, Auvity also devotes himself to the cantata repertoire and has released two CDs focused on the Orpheus myth and on the works of Giovanni Battista Bononcini, respectively. He has additionally recorded the title hero of two Lully operas: Bellérophon and Amadis, both with Christophe Rousset. Among Auvity’s major recent credits have been performances in Rameau’s Platée at the Theater an der Wien, the Opéra Comique in Paris, the Opéra National du Rhin in Strasbourg, and the Staatstheater Stuttgart. At the 2016 Munich Opera Festival he will be part of the ensemble in a new production of Rameau’s Les Indes galantes.

     LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 12 September 2004 in Charpentier’s David et Jonathas conducted by William Christie.

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    Konstantin Wolff

    The German bass-baritone Konstantin Wolff, who was born in 1978 in Giessen, studied with Donald Litaker at the Music Academy in Karlsruhe and won the Mendelssohn Competition of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in 2004. The following year he made his stage debut as Mercurio in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea in a performance conducted by William Christie at the Opéra National de Lyon. The works of George Frideric Handel are at the center of his operatic repertoire. Wolff has sung Orlando at Zurich Opera and at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels; Rodelinda, conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, at the Theater an der Wien; and Giulio Cesare at the Göttingen International Handel Festival. In addition Wolff has appeared as a Mozart interpreter. René Jacobs invited him to take part in his production of Die Zauberflöte in Aix-en-Provence and also engaged him as Figaro; Yannick Nézet-Séguin brought him to the Baden-Baden Festspielhaus as Masetto in Don Giovanni; and Teodor Currentzis hired him to sing Don Alfonso in Così fan tutte. Currently Wolff is performing as a dancing singer in the role of Plutone in a staging of Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo that was directed by the choreographer Sasha Waltz; it can be seen at Lille Opera following stops in Amsterdam, Luxembourg, Bergen, Baden-Baden, and Berlin during the 2015-16 season. Konstantin Wolff performs as a concert singer with the leading early music ensembles and has also collaborated with Claudio Abbado, Riccardo Chailly, Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Ton Koopman, Marc Minkowski, and Sir Simon Rattle. He gives lieder recitals with the pianists Alexander Schmalcz and Trung Sam. In addition, Wolff is involved in contemporary music and took part in the world premieres of Dalbavie’s Gesualdo in Zurich and Mernier’s Frühlings Erwachen in Brussels.

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