Emmanuelle Haïm, passionnaria du baroque

This November, the “Voyages dans le temps” (‘journeys through time’) programme will be giving audiences the opportunity to enjoy the talents of the Le Concert d’Astrée orchestra and choir, under the leadership of its impulsive founder and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm. In contrast with the image that she portrays in concert, whereby she dresses in black and refrains from wearing any sort of jewellery, nail polish or heeled shoes, the three pieces that she has chosen bear testimony to the most sumptuous splendour that sacred music enjoyed in baroque France. Performed here for the first time at the Philharmonie, the three choral motets, two by Rameau and the other by Mondonville, bring a certain strength and radiance to the words of psalms taken from the Old Testament, whilst André Campra’s Requiem, written in 1695 in memory of Parisian archbishop François Harlay de Champvallon, is surprisingly theatrical in its tone.

19/11, 20:00, Philharmonie, www.philharmonie.lu