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Christmas 2021: a sublime and free musical festive program in Neuilly-sur-Seine

Another reason to take advantage of the reopening of the rooms after months of deprivation. Resuming its traditional prestigious concerts for the holidays, the town hall of Neuilly-sur-Seine (Hauts-de-Seine) is offering from this Saturday, December 4 a very enticing program that gives pride of place to the baroque repertoire, bringing together the most in view of the moment.

A unique opportunity for fans of this repertoire to attend a live mix of secular and sacred music, which highlights young performers.

And for neophytes, the best way – remember that the concerts are free, a challenge given the prestige of the musicians and the coherence of the program – to twist received ideas on music that would be reserved for connoisseurs.

3 concerts for a harpsichord night on Saturday, December 4

The festivities begin under the best auspices with this “Night of the harpsichord” divided into three concerts, in the Hall of Honor of the Town Hall. And what better than JS Bach’s famous Goldberg Variations (1742) to signal the start of this month of festivities? Composed at the end of the life of the illustrious German musician, these variations have always been considered an essential and universal milestone in the history of music, these 30 variations of mad inventiveness offer a luminous panel of all the art of one of the greatest composers, if not the greatest.

And it is the talented Jean-Luc Ho, who is leading a career as a teacher and transmitter – especially at the Paris Philharmonic – as brilliant as that of performer who will officiate for the occasion, starting at 4 p.m.

The young conductor and harpsichordist Yoann Moulin will take over, at 6.30 p.m., with a program, entitled Stylus luxurians, devoted to 17th century German keyboard music. With a discography already rewarded on numerous occasions, the one who multiplies collaborations with the greatest ensembles – from the Arts Florissants to the Clément Janequin ensemble, via the Baroque Music Center of Versailles, or the Spiritual Concert – will offer, through pieces signed, among others, by Samuel Scheidt, Froberger or Weckmann, moving, contrasting music with changing rhythms.

To close this day dedicated to the famous plucked string instrument, the soloists will give way, at 8:30 pm, to the Le Caravanserail ensemble, conducted by Bertrand Cuiller, who will also officiate on the harpsichord. After having played under the direction of William Christie, Hervé Niquet or even Vincent Dumestre, Bertrand Cuiller has created his own ensemble, for concerts ranging from duo to opera orchestra.

Accompanied for the occasion by three other harpsichordists – Violaine Cochard, Olivier Fortin and Pierre Gallon – he will play some of Bach’s most famous pieces, from the third Brandenburg concerto, to the Concerto in A minor BMW 1065, inspired by Vivaldi, and in which the four harpsichords will do everything possible.

The night of the harpsichord, Saturday December 4, concerts at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 8:30 p.m., Salon d’Honneur at the Town Hall, Neuilly-sur-Seine (92).

Venice in music on Sunday 5 December

If there is one city that symbolizes virtuosity, contrasts and passion for early Italian music, it is Venice. With his ensemble La Guilde des Mercenaires, Adrien Mabire will offer on Sunday December 5, at 4 p.m. in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, a program mainly devoted to one of the ambassadors of this music which gives pride of place to passions, Giovanni Gabrieli (1557-1612), one of the founders of the Venetian style, recognizable among all.

The one who established a bridge between the musical styles of the Renaissance and those of the Baroque brought to the music of his time nuances of variety, color, and majesty, like this golden age crossed by serene.

Adrien Mabire, who will also officiate at the cornet, will give pride of place with his ensemble to virtuosity and exaltation, his trademark. The choirs should do wonders there, and offer the public a true guide to Italian music from this artistically so rich period.

Glory to Venice, La Guilde des Mercenaires, dir. Adrien Mabire, Sunday December 5, 4 p.m., Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, Neuilly-sur-Seine.

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