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 an associate with the Ambronay Festival. It continues the collaboration with the historical festivals of Saintes, Bruges and Utrecht and returnes to residence at the Royal Opera of Versailles. The ensemble also makes a breakthrough on the international scene, at the Wigmore Hall in London, and at the opening of the Musikfest in Bremen.

2016, 2017, 2018

In 2016, Correspondances receives the label of Compagnie Nationale from the Ministry of Culture and begins a three-year residency at the Théâtre de Caen as well as a regular collaboration with MC2 Grenoble.
It is to the most beautiful French-style motets forged by Henry Du Mont for the Chapel of Louis XIV that the ensemble’s seventh album, O Mysterium (Choc Classica, ffff Télérama) is dedicated. The recording of the Christmas Pastoral (Choc Classica, ffff Télérama, Album of the Week by The Times, ***** Diapason) highlights Charpentier’s repertoire – also at the heart of the ensemble’s Histoires Sacrées, its very first stage production, directed by Vincent Huguet.

In 2017, the ensemble made its Asian debut at the opening of the French May Festival in Hong Kong and performed in the United States at the Boston Early Music Festival. The ensemble’s second stage production, Le Ballet royal de la Nuit, directed by Francesca Lattuada, premiered in November 2017 at the Théâtre de Caen and has created a new page for the ensemble in opera houses in France and around the world.

2018, 2019, 2020

Perpetual Night, Lucile Richardot’s first solo album with Correspondances, was released in spring 2018 for Harmonia Mundi. Top of the classic sales in France, awarded with a Diapason d’Or of the year 2018, a Classica Choc, the German Critics’ Award and the Belgian Critics’ Award, this record reveals Lucile Richardot’s unclassifiable voice in a little known repertoire that prefigures the birth of English opera. The ensemble takes the contemporary challenge of creating a musical theatre show off the beaten track with the help of director Samuel Achache. Songs is created in the network of national stages and national drama centres where it brings some pearls of baroque music to the heart of the theatre audience.

2018 marks a turning point for the ensemble’s English establishment with the artistic direction of the London Festival of Baroque Music and a residency at Wigmore Hall, as well as in China and North America, where the ensemble confirms its presence in the most emblematic musical venues.

In 2020, the Ballet royal de la nuit is presented by the théâtre de Caen for an exceptional tour of some fifteen dates, in France and Europe, and Correspondances publishes two discs with the label harmonia mundi : Les Plaisirs du Louvre, Airs pour la Chambre de Louis XIII, and Messe à quatre choeurs, Carnets de voyage d’Italie.

Correspondances is in residence at the théâtre de Caen. It is associate ensemble at the Opéra and Chapelle of the Château de Versailles, at the Louvre Museum and at the Théâtre de l’Aquarium at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes.

The ensemble Correspondances is supported by the Ministère de la Culture – DRAC Normandie, the Région Normandie, the Ville and the théâtre de Caen. La Caisse des Dépôts and Mécénat Musical Société Générale are principal patrons of Correspondances. The ensemble receives assistance from the Fondation Musica Solis, under the aegis of the Fondation Bullukian, a group of music lovers who give active support to research into and publication and performance of the music of the seventeenth century. It also receives regular support from the Institut Français, the Bureau Export, the Adami, the Spedidam and the SPPF for its concerts and recordings.
The ensemble Correspondances is member of ARVIVA – Arts vivants, Arts durables, and gets involved in the environmental shift for performing arts.
The ensemble is member of FEVIS and Profedim.

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