THE LIST OF THE MORNING
"If there's someone who owes everything to Bach, it's God. " writes Cioran in Syllogisms of bitterness (153 pp. Folio Essai, 1987). The Cantor of Leipzig has indeed left a corpus unparalleled in the field of sacred music. Of the five Passions he composed, only two of them came to us in their entirety: in chronological order, the Saint Jean (1724) and the St. Matthew (1727). Monuments that feed the paschal concerts, from Laurence Equilbey (The musical Seine) to the young Valentin Tournet in Deauville, through Jordi Savall in Versailles and Paris, William Christie in Paris and Fontevraud, Kenneth Montgomery in Lyon, Marek Janowski in Aix-en-Provence. in Provence. Also in the running since the return of the Baroque, efflorescences of "Lessons of Darkness", "Stabat Mater" and other "Messiah". As for music lovers on vacation, impossible to ignore the Easter festivals of Aix-en-Provence and Deauville.
Festival of Sacred Music, Lourdes, until April 22
Pilgrimage site, Lourdes is obviously a place dedicated to religious music as evidenced by the 52e edition of its Festival of Sacred Music, which began Saturday. Rich and highly spiritual programming. In order to discover this heritage to the general public, five concerts are offered free of charge, which bring together young artists. Before the corpus of the five big concerts at the time of Easter weekend. Christophe Rousset and his lyrical talents will come back to open this series with the Lessons of Darkness of Couperin. The fate of Bernadette Soubirous, whose 140 is celebratede anniversary of death, will be evoked with the ensemble Vox Bigerri while the Orchestra Pau Pays de Béarn under the direction of its leader, Fayçal Karoui, will perform the sumptuous Stabat Mater Pergolesi. A Messiah of Handel by the Baroque Ensemble of Toulouse will precede the "mystics" Goldberg Variations of Bach by the pianist David Fray, Tarbais of origin.
Sacred Music Festival of Lourdes, Sanctuary Basilica of the Rosary, Caves of Betharram, Lourdes (Hautes-Pyrénées); Church of St. John, Tarbes (Hautes-Pyrénées); Abbey Saint-Savin, in Saint-Savin (Hautes-Pyrénées). Until April 22nd. Such. : 05-62-42-77-40. From 25 € to 35 €. Packages: three concerts, from € 50 to € 80; five concerts, from 100 € to 140 €. Free admission for children under 12 years old.