Michel Pignolet de Montéclair, Arcangelo Corelli, Domenico Scarlatti, Alessandro Scarlatti, Georg Friedrich Händel

Aroma di Roma

Aroma di Roma

Les Talens Lyriques are Ensemble in Residence at the Bayreuth Baroque Opera Festival 2024.

With the generous support of Aline Foriel-Destezet and the Centre national de la musique.

Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667-1737)
La Morte di Lucretia (1728), cantate

Arcangelo Corelli (1653-1713)
Concerto grosso en ré majeur, op. 6, no 1 (éd. 1714)

Domenico Scarlatti (1685-1757)
Tinte a note di sangue (s.d.), cantate

Alessandro Scarlatti (1660-1725)
Sonata a quattro, d’après le Concerto grosso in sette parti, no 3, en fa majeur

Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759)
Agrippina condotta a morire, HWV 110 (ca. 1707-1709), cantate


Sandrine Piau, Soprano

Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset, Direction & harpsichord

“While this programme aims to highlight the Roman cantata, it also looks at French music with Montéclair. He travelled to Italy and wrote in Italian, adapting to the demands of Scarlatti’s style. It’s a programme that we’ve already toured in France, but we’re adding a larger cast to bring something new to the table. I wanted to show that these cantatas can be given an orchestral dimension, even though they are and remain chamber music. As the indications in the manuscripts for violin were always given in the plural, there was always the possibility of doing it in tutti form.
I’m particularly fond of this programme, which allows us to present Scarlatti and Corelli together. They knew each other and worked for the great patron of the arts Cardinal Ottoboni. He was the one who organised the infamous duel between Händel and Scarlatti, in which Händel won on the organ and Scarlatti on the harpsichord. The three composers in the programme were also able to establish careers abroad: Paris for Montéclair, Madrid for Scarlatti and London for Händel.
Sandrine Piau is returning to work with us on this programme. It’s always a pleasure to work together, as we’ve built our careers in parallel as well as together. We’ve made many records together. And I am proud to say today that I was the one who offered her first Händels, her first Mozarts…”

– Christophe Rousset