Music in Kilkenny presents - Léa Desandre mezzo soprano & Thomas Dunford lute/theorbo

Music in Kilkenny presents - Léa Desandre mezzo soprano & Thomas Dunford lute/theorbo

Sunday, 27 October 2019, 4.00pm

Léa Desandre - mezzo soprano
Thomas Dunford - theorbo/lute

Ma bergère est tendre et fidèle - Michel Lambert (1610-1696)
Gavotte - Robert de Visée (c.1655-1732)
Les berceaux – Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Celle qui fait tout mon tourment – Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
On entend rien dans ce bocage – Sébastian Le Camus (c.1610-1677)
Les voix humaines - Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Soleils couchants – Déodat de Séverac (1872-1921)
Chaconne - de Visée
Le doux silence de nos bois – Honoré d’Ambruis (17th/18th century)
Rondeau: Les barricades mystérieuses - François Couperin (1668-1733)
À Chloris – Reynaldo Hahn (1875-1947)
Auprès du feu – Charpentier
Mes longs cheveux (Pelléas Et Mélisande, Act III – Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
Tristes déserts – Charpentier
Allemande la royale – de Visée
Sans frayeur dans ce bois – Charpentier
J’ai deux amants – André Messager (1853-1929)
Rondeau la Mascarade – de Visée
Ombre de mon amant – Lambert
Vos mépris – Lambert

A new muse of baroque music, the mezzo-soprano Léa Desandre and the lutenist Thomas Dunford form a captivating and cohesive duo. Together, they present the most magnificent music from the baroque age through to the Belle Époque, chansons, dances, and French melody by Lambert, Charpentier, Le Camus, Couperin, de Visée, Debussy, Messager and Reynaldo Hahn… a contrasting and emotional musical journey.

Léa Desandre made her international debuts under the direction of William Christie in venues such as Alice Tully Hall, Sydney Opera House, Tchaikovsky Concert Hall, KKL Luzern and Philharmonie de Paris. She then performed at the Opéra-Comique in Paris in 2017 directed by Jordi Savall. The 2018-2019 sees her return to Salzburg alongside Cecilia Bartoli for a gala concert.

Born in Paris in 1988, Thomas Dunford completed his studies in 2006 at the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (CNR), when he obtained a unanimous First Prize with honours. From September 2003 through to January 2005, Thomas gave his first performances playing the role of the lutenist in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night on stage at the Comédie Française in Paris. Since then, Thomas has played recitals in New York’s Carnegie Hall and London’s Wigmore Hall, and made numerous solo and ensemble appearances in the most prestigious European festivals and in the United States, Israel, China, Japan and India.

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