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Ensemble Correspondances

Hidden women
Utrecht Early Music Festival presents
Sat 18 Jan ’25 20:15 uur

Sébastien Daucé - musical director

Sat 18 Jan ’25
20:15 uur
  • Sat 18 Jan ’25
    20:15 uur
    Small Hall
  • A drink is included in the price

Behind the pages of music encyclopedias lie thousands of unknown muses and female musicians who inspired composers to create magnificent works. In Renaissance Ferrara, the duke deliberately kept the songs of his 'Concerto delle donne' from the printing presses. Vivaldi's Ospedali women performed for the public - but entered music history anonymously, just like the singers for whom French greats like Boësset and Clérambault tailored their compositions. Sébastien Daucé cracks open the vault in which these gems have remained hidden for centuries.

When organist and harpischordist Sébastien Daucé gathered some fellow students from Lyon Conservatory around him, Ensemble Correspondances was born. A unique collaboration thrived between the musicians, with the ultimate goal of uncovering the emotion and expression of lesser-known or unjustly forgotten repertoire. 

Since its origins in 2008, the group has focused mainly on French religious music of the 17th century, with a particular focus on the repertoire of Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The ensemble's recordings (Harmonia Mundi) have already managed to snatch some of the finest awards, including the 2014 Choc (Classica), an Echo for World Premiere Recording of the Year 2016 and the 2018 Diapason d'Or.


Agostini - Ecco col nostro Duca
Luzzaschi - Cor mio deh non languire
Luzzaschi - Non sa che sia dolore
Luzzaschi - O dolcezze amarissime d’amore
Luzzaschi - Stral pungente d’amore
Luzzaschi - Aura soave
Agostini - Una si Chiara luce
Giamberti - Similabo eum
Frescobaldi - Canzone
Graziani - Jacebam in tenebris
Boësset - Anna mater matris redemptoris nostril
Boësset - Domine Salvum fac regem
Anoniem - Ave Maria
Boësset - Salve Regina
Clérambault - Miserere