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Le Consort

Le Consort
Le Consort

“With its breathtakinginterpretation, between virtuoso bubbling and sweet tenderness,LeConsort proves that the Baroque, even if it is Venetian, still has a lot of thrills to give us when it is played like this.....Perfect alchemy.”


“Each new recording confirms these qualities which the listener savours: the ardour of youth, amasterly art of discourse and a permanent emotion which serves as a thread running throughthese masterpieces of the past.”

-Res Musica

"Ravishing, exhilarating and uniquely beautiful."

-BBC Music Magazine

“Brilliant throughout, daring, sensual, Le Consort delights us.”


[Rating =Exceptional]“With the same freshness, this young ensemble performs this beautiful music with brillianceand attention to detail, with formidable energy and a spectacular sound that illuminates it.”



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.

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Sonata of Four Parts in g minor Z 807

Nicola Matteis (1650-1714): Preludio in C solfaut –Andamento Sarabanda amorosa – Bore

Giovanni Battista Reali (1681-1751): Violin Sonata op. 2 n°1 (Grave)

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Trio Sonata in Do Majeur op.4 n°1

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713): Violin Sonata op 5 n°12, “Folia”

Francesco Maria Veracini (1690-1768) Violin Sonata in A Majeur op 1 n°7 (final)

Henry Purcell, Ground for harpsichord “Here the Deities”

Miss Philharmonica (? - ?) : Triosonata in g minor op.1 n°3


John Eccles (1668-1735): The Mad Lover

Henry Purcell (1659-1695): Sonata in d minor n°3 from twelve sonatas of three parts
Two in one upon a ground

Nicola Matteis, Diverse bizarrie sopra la vecchia sarabanda

Johann Sébastien Bach (1685-1750): Andante BWV 974

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741): Follia op.1 n°12

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 co-directed by harpsichordist Justin Taylor and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, 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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