Correspondances’ story

Sébastien Daucé, the artistic director, and the musicians met while studying at the National Conservatory of Lyon. A dedicated collaboration blossomed to unearth rare and neglected musical treasures, revealing, through their interpretation, a whole range of emotions within these works.


2009, 2010, 2011

Since its first concert in 2009, Correspondances has focused both on reviving already renown composers and on restoring the image of musicians who are little known today but who were well played and admired in their time. The ensemble’s first album, O Maria ! dedicated to Charpentier and published by ZigZag Territoires has been recognized by critics: it received a Classica Shock and a Diapason Découverte. The ensemble’s second album, L’Archange & Le Lys, the first sacred anthology dedicated to the composer Antoine Boësset, was also awarded: Découverte for Diapason Mag and **** for Classica, and the ensemble carried out ambitious first projects in Europe but also in South America and Japan where it promoted Charpentier’s music.

2012, 2013, 2014

Correspondances performs in Colombia and at the same time becomes resident at the Festival Musique & Mémoire. The ensemble inaugurates a frequent collaboration with the Centre de Rencontre d’Ambronay and with the Royaumont Foundation, with which it is conducting a research project on the Histoire Sacrées of Charpentier.
A new horizon is opening up with the collaboration with the historic Harmonia Mundi label. The house invites the ensemble to renew its ties with Charpentier: the Litanies de la Vierge make the ensemble widely known in France and abroad (ffff de Télérama, Diapason d’or, Choc de l’année 2014 for Classica…)

2014, 2015, 2016

The fourth recording in 2014 rediscovers Etienne Moulinié’s work: the Meslanges pour la Chapelle d’un Prince at Harmonia Mundi receive a Diapason Découverte, Choc de Classica and the Grand Prix Charles Cros Academy. The ensemble performs in historical festivals: Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu, MA Festival of Bruges, Royaumont, Vézelay…

In 2015, Harmonia Mundi released two new albums by the ensemble: Michel-Richard De Lalande’s Tenebrae Leçons with Sophie Karthäuser (Choc de Classica, ffff Télérama, Diapason d’Or de l’année 2015) and Le Concert Royal de la Nuit, which was released in the autumn, the result of three years’ research to rediscover this major musical moment that opened the reign of the Sun King. This rediscovery received an unequivocal welcome: Choc Classica de l’année 2015, ffff of Télérama, and became widely known abroad, in England where it was acclaimed by a Gramophone Editor’s Choice, **** of the Guardian, in Australia where the disc received the Opera Recording of the Year 2016 Limelight Magazine label, and in Germany where it was awarded an Echo Preis du “World Premiere Recording of the Year 2016”.

Correspondances becomes together associated with the Ambronay Festival. He continued his collaboration with the historical festivals of Saintes, Bruges and Utrecht and returned to residence at the Royal Opera of Versailles. He also made a breakthrough on the international scene, at the Wigmore Hall in London, and at the opening of the Musikfest in Bremen.

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The ensemble is newly released by Harmonia Mundi: the third album of the ensemble revives its ties with Charpentier: The Litanies de la Vierge is awarded by a ffff Télérama, Diapason d’Or, Choc Classica of the Year, ***** Fonoforum, and Oustanding IRR.


The fourth album rediscovers the opus of Etienne Moulinié: The Meslanges pour la Chapelle d’un Prince are awarded by Diapson Discovering, Choc Classica, Charles Cros Academy Prize, Editor’s Choice Gramophone, **** Diapason. The ensemble performs in French and European renowned festivals: Ambronay, La Chaise-Dieu, MA Festival Brugge, Royaumont, Vézelay…


In 2015, a collaboration blossomed with Sophie Karthäuser for Harmonia Mundi : the Leçons de Ténèbres de Michel-Richard De Lalande are awarded by a Choc Classica, ffff Télérama, Diapason d’Or of the Year, Best Disc of the Year De Standaard). After three years of reconstruction and research, the Concert royal de la Nuit is released for the 300 anniversary of Louis XIV’s death.

The album is recognized ass a great and significant musical rediscovery: Echo Preis World Premiere Recording of the Year, Choc Classica of the Year, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, ffff Télémara, **** Guardian, Opera Recording of the Year Limelight Magazine.

Correspondances becomes a partner at the Centre Culturel de Rencontre d’Ambronay. It performs at the opening of the Festival de Saintes, at the closing ceremony of the MA Festival de Bruges and the Royal Opera of Versailles, appears on the international stage: at the Wigmore Hall in London, at the Musikfest in Bremen, in Belgium, and in the Netherlands.


Correspondances becomes National Artistic Company within the French ensemble supported by the Ministry. The ensemble is in residence at the Théâtre de Caen and associated to the MC2 Grenoble.

The seventh album, O Mysterium,  is dedicated to unheard motets of Henry Du Mont for the young Louis XIV. The eighth album of Correspondances, the Pastorale de Noël focus on Advent liturgy and Christmas motets of Charpentier (Choc Classica, ffff Télérama, Album of the Week The Times, **** Diapason).

The Sacred Stories of Charpentier revive on stage with Vincent Huguet at Théâtre de Caen, Chapelle de Versailles, Concertgebouw Brugge and Chapelle de la Trinité in Lyon.


Asian and North-American debuts for the ensemble: Correspondances plays for the opening of the Hong Kong French May Festival, and the Boston Early Music Festival.

The second staged production of Correspondances, Le Ballet royal de la Nuit staged by Francesca Lattuada premieres in November at the Théâtre de Caen, where the ensemble is in residence.

Correspondances also plays in several prestigious European venues: MA Bruges, Barocktage in Melk, Utrecht Early Music Festival, Ambronay Festival, Amsterdam Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ, London Festival of Baroque Music…


Perpetual Night, first solo recording of mezzo Lucile Richardot and with Correspondances, is released at Spring by Harmonia Mundi. The ensemble associates with Samuel Achache as stage director of this English consort songs programme that will be presented at the Théâtre de la Croix-Rousse, CDN de Lorient, Comédie de Valence…

Sébastien Daucé is artistic director of the London Festival of Baroque Music 2018 ; and Correspondances starts its three-season collaboration withthe  Wigmore Hall.

The ensemble’s first staged production, Histoires Sacrées, is rerun at the Chapelle Royale de Versailles in April, at St John’s Smith Square in May and at the Festival de la Chaise-Dieu in August.

At the end of the year, Correspondances plays at the Salle Bourgie in Montréal, at the New York Frick Collection, at the Boston Early Music Festival.

The Caisse des Dépôts and Mécénat Musical Société Générale are Correspondances’ main sponsors.The ensemble is also supported by the Ministry of Culture (DRAC Rhône-Alpes), the Rhône-Alpes Region, the city of Lyon.The ensemble is in residency in Ambronay (member of the Rema network),Theater of Caen, MC2 Grenoble.

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