French Baroque music suits Reinoud Van Mechelen’s voice to a tee. After his successful three-part series focusing on the star singers of Lully, Rameau and Gluck, our artist in residence presents religious music for chamber settings. You will hear a fine selection from the motet books by André Campra, a priest from Aix-en-Provence who initially excelled at composing religious music and later turned to opera. Other works on the programme include some ‘Pièces en trio’ by Marin Marais and a motet by the little-known master Joseph-François Salomon. Salomon was a viol player and composer who had studied with Mr. de Sainte-Colombe and, like Campra, moved from Aix-en-Provence to Paris to further his career. He also climbed the musical ranks at Versailles and composed for both the church and the opera.
A. Campra: Quis ego Domine | Nunc dimittis servum tuum | Anima ad Deum revertens | Insere Domine pectori meo | J-F. Salomon: Quando veniam | M. Marais: selection from ‘Pièces en trio’
a nocte temporis: Reinoud Van Mechelen, haute-contre & artistic leader| Anna Besson, traverso | Elise Dupont, Ortwin Lowyck, violin | Ronan Kernoa, viol | Simon Linné, theorbo | Marc Meisel, organ