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Michel Lambert: Leçons de Ténèbres

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Saturday April 20th 2019
10.30 pm | 1h without intermission


Marc Mauillon Baritone
Myriam Rignol Viola
Thibaut Roussel Theorbo
Marouan Mankar-Bennis Orguan


Marc Mauillon and his musicians invite us to an exceptional moment in the dark of the night: Michel Lambert’s Leçons de Ténébres accompanied by the grand organ of the Royal Chapel, the musicians grouped around the keyboards with the audience surrounding them during Holy Saturday night…just before Easter Sunday, the celebration of the key moment in Christian liturgy, the Resurrection, when all is overturned.

Michel Lambert (1610-1696) was one of the major composers during Louis XIV’s youth. First a dancer with the King, also singer and theorbo player, then Maître de Musique de la Chambre du Roi, while Lully, his son-in-law was the Superintendent; he conducted many concerts for the sovereign and produced a large number of court arias, which were his speciality.

His cycle of Leçons de Ténèbres, dated 1662-1663 is one of the very first in the genre and served as model for Lalande, Charpentier and Couperin. It highlighted all the resources that can be expected from a virtuoso singer, as was Michel Lambert who accompanied himself with the theorbo, to the extent that “the stunned audience thought they were in Paradise”…

The baritone Marc Mauillon undertook the meticulous reconstruction of this enigmatic score and deploys this music and its rich and fruity continuo: the magnificent singer, an habitué of Versailles selects the best instrument soloists for this sacred and profound performance…


Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Leçons de Ténèbres

Répons : Sicut ovis (plain chant)*
N. Hotman : Prélude pour viole seule
M. Lambert : 1ère leçon du 3ème jour

Répons : Jerusalem surge (plain chant)*
M. Lambert : 2ème leçon du 3ème jour
N. Hotman : Courante pour théorbe seul

Répons : Plange quasi virgo (plain chant)*
M. Lambert : 3ème leçon du 3ème jour
N. Hotman : Sarabande (viole et théorbe)

Christus factus est (grégorien)
L. Couperin : Tombeau de Blancrocher (orgue seul)

*extrait des « chants de l’abbaye royale de Notre-Dame du Val de Grâce pour toutes les festes de l’année (Ballard 1660)

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