Renaissance and baroque music


visuel_penalosa Nunca fue pena mayor

Francisco de Peñalosa : Mass and motets

Object of our Ensemble first recording , this mass « Nunca fué pena mayor » has been our « companion » for now 30 years. It is here in the center of a new programme, surrounded by motets of the same Peñalosa, sang or played on instruments… Full presentation


visuel_luxeterna_petit Lux eterna

Requiem composed by Dominique Vellard

This program – created the 30th of september 2012 in Valère-Sion, Swiss – is centred on Vellard’s Requiem and completed by Spanish Renaissance polyphonies for the Holly week. LET THE ETERNAL LIGHT ENLIGHTEN THEM… Full presentation

visuel_gesualdo Office des ténèbres du Vendredi Saint

Carlo Gesualdo respons, Marc-Antonio Ingegneri lamentations and plain-chant lectures

The six voices Gesualdo Responses are more than a master-piece: a moment of dark lightning around the Christlike figure of the betrayed poet, crushed, put to death. The text’s dramatic power tries to make a concentrated theatre on the word’s, figure’s and voice’s scene… Full presentation


visuel_cantique_petit Le cantique des cantiques

In the direct line of persian poetry, attributed to king Salomon, this book has been included in the Bible though previously rejected because of its profane and sensual character. The jewish tradition and then the christian one have wanted to see there a symbolic avowal of the love between God and his people, between Christ and his Church… Full presentation

visuel_poloubli_petit Forgotten polyphonies

French faux-bourdons (16th-19thc.)

Already in the middle-ages but mostly from the Renaissance, the chant in the french Church dressed in polyphony to magnify the solemnity of a celebration. This vocal pieces were called « Faux-bourdons » or simple contrapunct and they enlightened the melody and the text of the chant. Full presentation