La Rêveuse
Newsletter September / October 2020
In spite of the difficulties associated with the COVID 19 crisis that have heavily impacted culture in general, La Rêveuse is launching itself energetically into the autumn, after a summer of concerts and meetings with a warm-hearted audiences.
The important news of the new season is the beginning of our collaboration with the recording label Harmonia mundi, with a recording which has just received the prestigious label "A France Musique Choice" (Le Choix de France Musique) and which was released on 18 September. It is entitled London circa 1720, and is the second volume of our series dedicated to the history of instrumental music in London.

In addition to a busy concert schedule, restricted to France because of the pandemic, La Rêveuse will be present at the 5th edition of the New Deal to be held in November at the Philharmonie de Paris. We hope to see you there and until then, have a great start to the new season!
La Rêveuse's team will take part in the 5th edition of the New Deal (initially scheduled for 4 and 5 June) which will be held at the Philharmonie de Paris on 16 and 17 November 2020.
A solid framework for exchange and reflection on the cultural sector as a whole, a sector which has been particularly affected by the sanitary crisis, this meeting is an opportunity to meet and exchange with programmers from all over Europe!
A new recording, on the Harmonia mundi label !
With this new recording, La Rêveuse enters the prestigious ​harmonia mundi label, and will have a page dedicated to the ensemble on the label’s website.!
London circa 1720 is the second part of a series of 4 discs on the history of instrumental music in England, from the end of the 17th century to the end of the 18th century, and is the result of lengthy research work.
After a first part concentrating on the Purcell years, this new opus, is devoted to Handel's early years in England, and is placed under the sign of Italy, plunging the listener into the fashion for virtuoso instrumental sonatas and Italian opera. Handel's early years in England, which was still very Corellian at that time, are associated with some of Handel’s favourite instruments in England, such as the recorder, for which many violin concertos and opera arias were arranged.
Works by Georg Friedrich Handel, Arcangelo Corelli, Wiliam Babell, Johann Christoph Schickhardt, Francesco Geminiani,...
Sébastien Marq & Marine Sablonnière, recorders
Serge Saitta & Olivier Riehl, traversos
Stéphan Dudermel & Ajay Ranganathan, violins
Florence Bolton, viola da gamba
Benoit Vanden Bemden, double bass
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo
Carsten Lohff, harpsichord
Recorded from 28 to 31 October 2019 at the Église Allemande (German Church) in Paris (75)
Harmonia mundi / Production La Rêveuse | With the support of the Région Centre-Val de Loire and ADAMI
La Rêveuse is proud to announce that the CD has just received one of the most prestigious award in France !

This CD was also awarded with a France Musique Best Choice...
and Musiq3/RTBF Best Choice as well
Discover the first video clip
Johann Christian Schickhardt (c.1681-1762) Concerto II op.19 for 4 flûtes and basso continuo - Adagio
London 1720 in concert (France)
Press review
In addition to several articles published in the French press, London circa 1720 was the subject of a nice review in Stretto, a Dutch magazine :

La Rêveuse has recorded its next album at the Château de Chambord from 8 to 11 September.

This new recording of French music devoted to the violist Louis de Caix d'Hervelois will include world premieres and will shed new light on this 18th century composer who remained in the shadow of Marais and Forqueray, with notably certain works for the pardessus de viol and the traverso flute.  
Concerts related to this programme:
  • October 1st, 2020, Médiathèque of Orléans, concert & lecture on French pardessus de viole in 18th century France 
  • October 17th, 2020, Festival du Pic Saint-Loup
  • January 29th, 2021, Les Soirées du Régent, Orléans theater
(Photo Jean DUBRANA)
A tour in the USA and Canada
in March 2022
La Rêveuse is organising a tour in the USA and CANADA in 2022, with two programmes of French Regency/Louis XV music: Fête champêtre (a viola da gamba recital including Marin Marais and Louis de Caix d'Hervelois repertoire) and Le Salon de musique de Madame de Pompadour (a chamber music programme for baroque flute, viola da gamba, theorbo and harpsichord).
If you are interested in programming us,
please don’t hesitate to contact us !
Buxtehude, Cantates pour voix seule
Released on 14 February, our latest album has been widely acclaimed by French and international critics alike...
In the seventeenth century, Buxtehude and his contemporaries composed an innovative sacred repertory for solo voice, nurtured by Italian cantatas, rhetoric and drama, which brought renown to the Hanseatic cities of north Germany and inspired the young Bach..
Maïlys de Villoutreys, soprano
Stéphan Dudermel, violin
Fiona-Emilie Poupard, violin
Florence Bolton, treble viol & viola da gamba
Andreas Linos, tenor viol
Sylvia Abramowicz, viola da gamba
Emily Audouin, viola da gamba
Sébastien Wonner, organ
Carsten Lohff, harpsichord
Benjamin Perrot, theorbo

‘’This CD is a welcome insight into the North German school pre-Bach, tastefully performed. ’’
David Stancliffe, Early Music Review, 16/07/20
« Probably the best-known work on this recording is Buxtehude’s setting of Psalm 110, “Dixit Dominus.” De Villoutreys sings the Latin text with clarity and buoyancy, her voice nicely nestled into the higher frequencies of baroque violin, theorbo, and harpsichord. She loses no power in the very low pitches in the second half of the Psalm. The recording’s rich, lifelike sound production is especially flattering to the wooden instruments. » Anne E. Johnson, ClassicalvoiceAmerica, 10/04/20
« This recording is a welcome addition to an under-explored repertory given its due in a beautiful performance. » Robert A. Green, Viola da gamba society of America, 03/20
CD of the day - Radio Klassik Stephansdom, 07/04/20
Reviews in English
Purcell, Devotional songs
Excellent review of the Purcell CD, Devotional songs by the American critic Robert Aubry Davis author of the famous blog Millenium of Music

This is a most fascinating and highly impressive disc which sheds light on a less familiar part of Purcell's oeuvre. The character and quality of the music and the outstanding performances make this disc a winner in every respect.
(Johan van Veen)
A Night at the Louvre, discovered exclusively in September
Dedicated to the Louvre's famous and recent da Vinci exhibition, which brought together some 150 of his works, this documentary by Pierre-Hubert Martin was shown exclusively in Pathé cinemas from 16 to 22 September.
If you have not been able to see the exhibition, go to the cinema, where you will hear, as a bonus, a selection of pieces interpreted by La Rêveuse.
Find La Rêveuse at the Château de Fontainebleau in a documentary about the places devoted to music in the French royal residences during the reign of Louis XIV.
A production of the CESR de Tours and the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles.
University of Tours -
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