Gwendoline Blondeel and Le Consort capture your heart with cantatas and ‘cantatilles’ (mini cantatas) from the French Baroque. Cynicism, arrogance or sad resignation: a whole range of emotions are sung and overcome in this short musical form. In 18th century France, the Italian and French styles merged. The typically French declamation of cantatas gained Italian flair. The sonata, originally an Italian genre, was combined with French dances.
Since Le Consort was founded in 2015, the ensemble has performed on every concert stage in Europe. These young musicians have also astonished audiences at AMUZ in the past with their intelligent interpretations and musicality. Gwendoline Blondeel studied at the MM Academy in Brussels and has worked with William Christie and the Freiburger Barockorchester. Last season, she performed madrigals by d’India with Cappella Mariana at AMUZ, and now this rising star in the early music firmament has returned to dazzle us with music from the French Baroque.
L-A. Lefebvre: Le bonheur imprévu | L-A. Dornel: Suite 3, opus 1 | J-F. Dandrieu: Trio Sonata no. 3 in G Minor | L.A. Travenol: La fierté vaincue par l’amour | De Montgaultier: selection from Les adieux de la mélancolie, Le réveil de Vénus
Gwendoline Blondeel, soprano
Le Consort: Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin | Sophie de Bardonnèche, violin | Hanna Salzenstein, cello | Justin Taylor, harpsichord