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Ensemble Flame

The harpsichord and the viola da gamba were the only instruments, besides the guitar, theorbo and flute, played in King Louis XIVth’s chamber, where the music of Marin Marais, François Couperin and Antoine Forqueray amused the king with their soft and intimate sonorities. In the same setting that the poets such as Jean Racine recited poetry by candlelight, the musicians created a musical poetry using the poets’ rhyme, rhythm and verses.

Dedicated especially to French music, Ensemble Flame transmits the instruments’ warmth by imagining the music as a poem, appeasing our wavering spirits invaded by the passion of the soul. Based in Paris where they met at the Paris Conservatory (CNSM), the international musicians Takahisa Aida (harpsichord, Japan), and Eric Tinkerhess (viola da gamba, United States) perform around the world and are described by the Echo Républicain as “magnificent musicians.”

January 2019

Dans la chambre du roy

January 17, 2019 @ 12:00 pm
Bibliotheca – National Library, Old Treasury Street
Valletta, Malta
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Programme Marin Marais (1656-1728): Fourth Book (1717), Suite in D minor Prelude Allemande La Mignone Les Voix humaines (Second Book, 1701) Caprice François Couperin (1668-1733): L’Art de toucher le clavecin (1716), Cinquième prélude Suite no. 2 for gamba and continuo (1728) : Prelude Fuguette Pompe Funebre La Chemise-blanche Louis Couperin (1626-1661): Prélude et passacaille en sol mineur Antoine Forqueray (1671 – 1745) et Jean-Baptiste Forqueray (1699-1782): Suite no. 3 for gamba and continuo in D major (1747) La Ferrand La…

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