Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755)
Charles-Antoine Leclerc de La Bruère (1714-1754)
The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles and conductor György Vashegyi breathe new life into a rediscovered 18th century opera Les Voyages de l’Amour, a masterpiece from the prolific composer Boismortier.
Boismortier was a contemporary of Telemann with whom he shared many traits – he was a prolific and eclectic composer with a charmingly refined style. He does not hold the place he deserves among the great French baroque composers. His Voyages de l’Amour, written at almost the same time as Rameau’s Les Indes galantes, is in very different vein. Love seeks to discover whether one loves best in the countryside, in town or at court. The plot full of peregrinations and entertaining twists and turns, adorned by brilliant divertissements, virtuoso airs, choruses and picturesque dances. The singers, specially chosen by the CMBV and coached in the French musical style, are led by Chantal Santon-Jeffery and Katherine Watson and will undoubtedly do justice to the marvellous music. The score has been retrieved from the French national library where it had lain dormant for two centuries, now thankfully resuscitated by Julien Dubruque and the CMBV.
The Académie de musique française in the city of Pécs
Tuesday 24 to Friday 27 September 2019
Université de Pécs, Pécs, Hungary
Stéphanie-Marie Degand, violin
Judith Van Wanroij, voice coach
Benoît Dratwicki, musicologist
The Centre de musique baroque de Versailles is pursuing its artistic initiative in Hungary, adding an educational slant with the establishment of a French baroque music academy in the historic city of Pécs.