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Le Consort

Le Consort
Le Consort

“A bracing combination of virtuosity and lyrical splendor through a sparkling ensemble blend….rapturous applause….the joy they delivered made the music sound fresh and exciting, no matter how familiar.”

- Boston Musical Intelligencer

"It's all so fresh. Historically informed performance worn 
so naturally, and works known so intimately, that these musical stories could have come from Le Consort's own pens and souls. HighIy recommend end." - Gramophone


Theotime Langlois de Swarte & Sophie de Bardonneche, violins; Hanna Salzenstein, cello; Justin Taylor, harpsichord

PROGRAM FOR OCT 15 - NOV 3, 2024


Join the musicians of Le Consort on a musical journey into the enchanting subtleties of the English baroque as influenced by Italian solar brilliance and virtuosity. Three composers will be under the limelight: Henry Purcell, famous for his operas like Dido & Aeneas and for his inventiveness; Nicolas Matteis, (born in Italy, then emigrated to London) who led an extravagant life and composed in a unique fashion, particularly for the violin; and Miss Philharmonica, a mysterious female composer who published her sonatas in 1715 in London. Let yourself be seduced by English charm with a glimpse of Italian virtuosity, to include some of Vivaldi and Corelli’s biggest hits! This musical journey will delight and surprise by offering plenty of familiar music alongside some genuine discoveries.

[Improvised harpsichord prelude]
John Eccles (1668-1735)  The Mad Lover


Nicola Matteis (1650-1714)  Sarabanda Amorosa – Preludio in C sol faut – Andamento – Bore – Diverse bizarrie sopra la vecchia o pur sarabanda

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)  Sonata op 1, No 1 in G-minor


Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)  Violin Sonata op 5 No. 12, “Folia”

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768)  Violin Sonata in A Major op 1 No. 7 (final)




Henry Purcell (1659-1695). Ground for harpsichord “Here the Deities”

        Sonata of Four Parts in g minor Z 807


Mrs. Philharmonica (? - ?)  Sonata Sesta in G-Major  (?1715)


Johann Sébastien Bach (1685-1750)  Larghetto BWV 972 (after Vivaldi)

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)  Follia op 1, No. 12


November, 2023

January 2023


Théotime Langlois de Swarte, violin
Sophie de Bardonnèche, violin
Hanna Salzenstein, cello
Justin Taylor, harpsichord
(also Louise Pierrard, viola da gamba - not on 23/24 North American tours)

Le Consort, a leading baroque chamber ensemble, comprises four young musicians who interpret the trio sonata repertoire with enthusiasm, sincerity, and modernity.  The group’s mission is to bring together compelling musical personalities in the service of chamber music from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries.  From Corelli to Vivaldi, from Purcell to Couperin, the dialogue between the two violins and the basso continuo displays a wealth of contrasts between vocality, sensuality and virtuosity.  Le Consort takes this genre, the quintessence of baroque chamber music, and interprets it with a personal, dynamic, and colorful language. 

With a core which has remained constant since their founding in 2016, Le Consort performances approach a level of musical integration typically found in long-standing string quartets.  In 2017 they claimed First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, chaired by William Christie.  Their recordings, including OPUS 1 (featuring the unpublished sonatas of Jean-François Dandrieu), and Specchio Veneziano (trio sonatas of Vivaldi alongside music of his less familiar contemporary, Giovanni Reali), have earned numerous awards and extensive critical acclaim. 

In the 2023-24 season, Le Consort will make its North American debut with concerts in cities across the continent, including Montreal, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans, Kansas City, Berkeley, La Jolla, Vancouver, and many others. The ensemble has performed extensively throughout Europe, including at Radio France Auditorium and Louvre Auditorium (Paris); the Dijon Opera; the Deauville Easter Festival; the Arsenal in Metz; the MA Festival Brugge and in Antwerp de Singel (Belgium); the Pau Casals Foundation (Spain); and at the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow (Poland).  They have also been featured on numerous broadcasts on France 3, France Musique, France Inter and Radio Classique.

Le Consort is in residence at the Banque de France, the Singer-Polignac Foundation, and the Abbaye de Royaumont.


December 2022 – please discard any previously or undated versions

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