“The Orpheus’ Chant, a happy rediscovery of Correspondances.” – Olyrix

The Orpheus’ Chant, a happy rediscovery of Correspondances.

” Presenting The Orpheus’ Chant, the Auditorium of the Louvre takes its listeners to rediscover the music of the Grand Siècle. Two composers are here in the spotlight, Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) and Henry Purcell (1659- 1695).
The concert alternates between the two, with Orpheus and Eurydice’s love as their main narrative: the tunes of Henry Purcell introduce and prolong the two brief but beautiful acts of the opera The Descent of Orpheus to the Underworld of Marc-Antoine Charpentier, sometimes (but not always) echoing the same story.

The ancient instruments of Ensemble Correspondances give the show the charm of a musical journey in time: viols, flutes, harpsichords and theorbo form a soft, delicate sound. The melodies of Marc-Antoine Charpentier have both rustic and refined accents, and the descent into hell sometimes looks like a fairy tale. Sébastien Daucé has been conducting from his harpsichord with enthusiasm, but without supressing the hopping of the dancing melody. ”


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