Friday 29 January 2021

A group of friends, an abandoned synagogue, an air by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre


With concerts cancelled, a group of friends and alumni of Schola Cantorum Basiliensis decided to take advantage of the gap between lockdowns to meet to play music together and record it, not knowing when will be the next time they will have a chance to be on stage. They chose a rarely performed piece from the Baroque era composed by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665-1729), a French harpsichordist and composer of the court of Louis XIV and one of the first female composers in music history to have her work published. The venue is an old synagogue in Alsace, Le ventre, which was saved from being demolished.

Performing Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre's air 'Sur une Mer' from her cantata Le Sommeil d'Ulysse are Margarita Slepakova - mezzo soprano, Teodoro Baú - viola da gamba, Pablo FitzGerald - archlute, Weronika Kłosiewicz - harpsichord, with video by Wawrzyniec Skoczylas and Tomasz Ebert, and audio by Leonardo Bortolotto.

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