SATURDAY, 22 h
17/08/2024
ORQUESTRA FILE CONSORT
Théotime LANGLOIS DE SWARTE,
violí i direcció

LE CONSORT

Théotime LANGLOIS DE SWARTE

PROGRAM

Antonio Vivaldi. Concerti per una vita. Le quattro stagioni

Adoramus te, SV 289 Transcripció per a cordes
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

Adagio del Concert per a violí en la major RV 768
Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)

Concert per a violí en la menor RV 356 (1711. L’estro armonico, op. 3. núm. 6)

I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro

Preludi improvisat i segon moviment del Concert per a violí en la menor
RV 357 (1716. «La stravaganza», op. 4, núm. 4). Transcripció per a clavecí.
Grave e sempre piano

Concert per a violí en re menor RV 813 (1705-1710 ca)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio
III. Allegro
IV. Andante
V. Largo
VI. Allegro vivace

PAUSA

Le quattro stagioni – Concert per a violí en re major «La primavera» RV
269 (1725. Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, op. 8, núm. 1)

I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Danza pastorale
IV. Allegrogro

Le quattro stagioni – Concert per a violí en sol menor «L’estiu» RV 315 (
1725. Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, op. 8, núm. 2)

I. Allegro non molto
II. Adagio e piano.
III. Presto e forte
IV. Presto

«Tempesta di mare», de l’òpera La fida ninfa (1732) RV 714. Fa major

Le quattro stagioni – Concert per a violí en fa major «La tardor» RV 293
(1725. Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, op. 8, núm. 3)

I. Allegro
II. Adagio molto
III. Allegro caccia

«II Ciaconna» en sol menor del Concert per a violí RV 370

Le quattro stagioni – Concert per a violí en fa menor «L’hivern» RV 297
(1725. Il cimento dell’armonia e dell’inventione, op. 8, núm. 4)

I. Allegro non molto
II. Largo
III. Allegro


Le Consort

"Ravishing, exhilarating and uniquely beautiful". - BBC Music Magazine

Le Consort, an outstanding baroque chamber ensemble co-led by harpsichordist Justin Taylor and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, is made up of four young musicians who perform the trio sonata repertoire with enthusiasm, sincerity and modernity. To tackle the works of this Vivaldi program, they present themselves with an expanded formation. The group’s mission is to bring together compelling musical personalities in the service of chamber music from the 17th and 18th century repertoire. 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 that has remained consistent since its founding in 2016, Le onsort’s

Le Consort’s performances approach a level of musical integration usually found in long-established string quartets. In 2017 they won the First Prize and the Audience Award at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, chaired by the Loire Valley, chaired by William Christie. Their recordings, including OPUS 1 (with unpublished sonatas by Jean-François Dandrieu), and Specchio Veneziano (sonatas in trio sonatas by Vivaldi along with music by his lesser-known contemporary, Giovanni Reali), have won numerous prizes and wide 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 the Radio France Auditorium and the Louvre Auditorium (Paris); the Dijon Opera House; the Deauville Easter Festival; the Metz Arsenal; 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 appeared in 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 Abbey of Royaumont.

Tonight they perform with an expanded formation to tackle the repertoire of their program.


Théotime LANGLOIS DE SWARTE

Violin

“Performances so special that I feel a changed man from listening” [Gramophone]; “A stunner by any standard” [The Strad]; and “Mesmerizing” [The New Yorker] – these represent common reactions upon encountering violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte who is rapidly emerging as a much sought-after violin soloist (on both baroque and modern instruments), chamber musician, recitalist, and conductor.

Recognition has come in the form of major awards, including the 2022 “Diapason D’or of the year” for his recording of Vivaldi, Locatelli, and Leclair concertos (harmonia mundi), and the 2022 “Ambassador of the Year” award from the European Early Music Network (REMA), along with multiple additional recording awards and a February, 2022 cover story in The Strad magazine.

In solo appearances on both baroque and modern violin, de Swarte regularly offers concertos by all of the baroque masters, along with those of Haydn and Mozart.  He has appeared with Les Arts Florissants, Le Consort, Orchestre de l’Opera Royal, Holland Baroque, The Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Les Ombres, and Orchestre National de Lorraine.  His engagements have brought him to prestigious venues such as the Philharmonie de Paris, Vienna’s Musikverein, Elbphilharmonie, Berlin’s Philharmonie, Los Angeles’ Walt Disney Hall, and the Shanghai National Art Center.  2023 marked debuts at Carnegie Hall, at Wigmore Hall, and his first tour of Australia.

Théotime Langlois de Swarte studied at the Paris Conservatory under Michael Hentz, and became a regular member of Les Arts Florissants at William Christie’s invitation in 2014, while still a student.  He has since appeared as soloist with the ensemble, and will perform Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” with them on North American tours in spring and fall, 2025.  He has also appeared in recital with William Christie, including a 2021 recording of sonatas by Leclair and Senaille (“Generations” on harmonia mundi).  

As co-founder – with harpsichordist Justin Taylor – of the baroque ensemble Le Consort, de Swarte can be heard on numerous highly-acclaimed recordings including “Specchio Veneziano”, “Opus 1”, and “Royal Handel”, all on Alpha Classics.  Le Consort has performed widely throughout Europe, and their debut North American tours in 23/24 include Montreal, Boston, Washington, Kansas City, Berkeley, Chicago, St. Paul, Louisville, New Orleans, Vancouver, and Ottawa.Besides William Christie, frequent recital collaborators include harpsichordist Justin Taylor and lute player Thomas Dunford, with whom he recorded a much-praised album titled “The Mad Lover”.  Another notable recording, “A Concert at the Time of Proust”, was made on the newly-restored Davidoff Stradivarius at the Philharmonie de Paris Museum.   Forthcoming recordings for harmonia mundi include two major Vivaldi projects, one of which will feature “The Four Seasons” to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the work’s publication. 

Alongside his instrumental work, de Swarte is emerging as a conductor.  In 2023 he led performances at l’Opera Comique of Lully’s Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (with Les Musiciens du Louvre at Marc Minkowski’s invitation) and Gretry’s Zemire et Azor (at Louis Langrée’s invitation).  

Théotime Langlois de Swarte is a laureate of the Banque Populaire Foundation.  He plays on a Jacob Stainer violin of 1665 loaned by the Jumpstart Foundation, and an Allessandro Gagliano from 1700 on loan from the Zylber Association.

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