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New Year Wishes from the Artistic Director...


It was already difficult last year to formulate my New Year wishes: I have even more difficulty doing it this year. 2015 was full of pain, and in this month of January, just beginning, I can only offer you a superficial optimism. I have to try then something else for 2016.

To be perfectly honest in formulating these wishes, it seems to me that I must come from the profound hopelessness which forms me more than it takes hold of me, and from the implacable observation that the human being is certainly the most destructive animal living on this planet, capable – we know it – of the worst abominations: violence, aggression, flattery, dishonesty, ugliness, thoughtlessness, rigidity, blindness, perversity, pettiness...

The list is long, interminable in truth, and each person can add his own nightmares to it, but I am persuaded that all these aberrations can be summed up in one: stupidity. This strange quality particular to man–as much as the laugh which does not lack an odd relationship with it – we all have it in us, and it depends neither on our intelligence nor on our cultural level: it is elsewhere that its origin has to be searched. So much "elsewhere" besides, that it is not easy to define it and yet its deepened study would probably be the science which would advance most the understanding of human nature.

A New Creation - Le Délire des Lyres

Discover our last creation of 2015, featuring Marco Horvat and Francisco Mañalich...


"Le Délire des Lyres," a quartet for two, made possible thanks to the talent of our artists who have achieved the status of singers... and of instrumentalists (viola da gamba, Baroque guitar, theorbo, lira)!

Une rentrée Salon de musique

"The Music Salon" still holds the place of honor in Faenza's programming this fall.


Pick "The Lover," and you will succumb to his charms;
Pick "The Emperor" and you will discover his tragic destiny;
Pick "The World" and you will be present at its creation...
 

 

22 cards, 22 figures, 11 drawings at each performance, this is the theme of the evenings, all unique: instrumental pieces, songs and poems compose a Baroque universe for each of the Major Arcana of the Visconti-Sforza tarot deck.
Faenza, inspired by the conviviality of the ruelles in the 17th century, recently gave performances of this program, wrapped in the intimacy of a music salon:

From September 9th to the 12th in the Théâtre d’Auxerre, France
September 19th, in the Château du grand jardin in Joinville, France
September 25th, in the Festival baroque de Pontoise at the Musée national de la Renaissance, Château d’Ecouen, France
 

Reviews of "Amorosa Fenice", songs by Giulio San Pietro de’ Negri ensemble Faenza, agOgique (AGO 018, 1 CD, 2014)

The ensemble Faenza imposes itself immediately with its precise diction, its volubility, its vocal suppleness, the balance between voice and accompaniment, its sense of the dialogue between the singers and the instruments; also by the virtuosity of the instruments and, in a general manner, by its care in the precise figurative musical translation of the images and the sentiments of the text.

Concerts de février

After an impressive performance of "Le Jeu des Amants" before a public composed exclusively of couples in love (the initiative of the alumni network of the University of Reims), Faenza will be at the Nuits Baroques du Touquet this week with two concerts:
 
- Saturday the 21st at 4PM, "Le Chant des Charlatans"
- Sunday the 22nd at 3:30 PM, "Le Salon de Musique ou Le Baroque à la Carte"
 
Still in the framework of Faenza's artistic residence at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, the ensemble will present a new rendition of "Jeu des Amants,"  featuring Olga Pitarch, in the Musée Saint-Loup, a very beautiful museum, on Tuesday the 13th at 3PM.

This New Year, wishes are difficult to put into words

I had planned tonight to wish you a Happy New Year on the part of Faenza. But can one still speak of a "happy new year" when nearby in Paris, three men have murdered 17 people, being sure of their right to? Can we do anything else but wish that the rest of the year be... better? Around me, people are getting discouraged: what sense can our activities as musicians, researchers, teachers have alongside this reality? Reality - enormous, omnipresent, and planetary - without common measure with the microcosm that forms our community of the privileged among the privileged.

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