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Composer: Desmarest, Henry (1661-1741)

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Year of birth1661
Year of death1741
NationalityFrance
PeriodBaroque
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BBC Proms Saturday Matinee 2: Les 24 Violons du Roy

Sir Roger Norrington and Les 24 Violons du Roy at the BBC Proms  ©  BBC / Sisi Burn
The second in the Proms Saturday Matinee series featured French Baroque music from the period of Louis XIV, performed by Les 24 Violons du Roy and conducted by Roger Norrington. Interestingly, there was some common ground with the Concert Spirituel concert I reviewed earlier in the Proms season in that they were both projects attempting to recreate 18th-century orchestras.
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Jordi Savall à Versailles : Chefs-d'oeuvre sacrés de l'Espagne de Philippe V

Jordi Savall © David Ignaszewski
La Capella Reial de Catalunya et Le Concert des Nations présentaient en miroir deux oeuvres méconnues et splendides : la Messe à deux chœurs et deux orchestres d’Henry Desmarest et la Missa Scala Aretina de Francesc Valls. Des redécouvertes absolument captivantes !
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