“Le Banquet Céleste: gorgeous voices and a limited instrumental setting that keeps the music sounding fresh and clear. Congratulations to the conductor Damien Guillon and his ensemble!” was Klara’s enthusiastic verdict in 2020. The ensemble opens its concert at AMUZ with In Furore by Antonio Vivaldi, a motet about the divine fury evoked by human wrongdoings and a plea for forgiveness that Vivaldi composed in the 1720s during a visit to Rome. Vivaldi had written his melancholy Stabat Mater a few years earlier. He only used the first ten verses of the hymn, thus focusing entirely on Mary’s lament.
Ten years earlier than Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, another citizen of Naples, Alessandro Scarlatti, wrote a Stabat Mater for the Napolitan Order of the “Cavalieri della Virgine dei Dolori”. People are sometimes unaware that the star of the Napolitan opera was also a skilled composer in religious genres. His work is very varied in style: an exciting mixture of simple recitative and extensive arias bring the season to a meditative close.
A. Vivaldi: In Furore, Stabat Mater | A. Scarlatti: Stabat Mater
Céline Scheen, soprano | Damien Guillon, alto | Marie Rouquié, Simon Pierre, violin | Patricia Gagnon, viola | Julien Barre, cello | Christian Staude, double bass | Diego Salamanca, lute | Kevin Manent-Navratil, harpsichord & organ
Cat. 1: €28 / €24
Cat. 2: €24 / €20