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Program 2017

18th International Music Festival

11 July – 7 August 2017


Under the auspices of
the Minister of Culture Daniel Herman
the Mayor of the City of Prague Adriana K.
the Mayor of the District of Prague OL
and the Czech Commission for UNESCO

The 18th edition of the Summer Festivities of Early Music is dedicated to the seat of the royal power and the French kings’ residence in the 17th and 18th century at Versailles which was also the centre of musical life in France. The festival programme will introduce important musical works connected with France and Versailles of the period which are, for the great part, unknown to the local public.

The opening concert entitled King of Heavens (11 July at Sts Simon and Juda Church) will focus on works composed for the liturgy at the Royal Chapel of Versailles during the reign of Louis XIV. The performance of the great motets by Michel-Richard de Lalande will feature four international soloists, including the soprano Chantal Santon-Jeffrey and the bass Lisandro Abadie, the choir of Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles Les Pages et les Chantres, and the orchestra Collegium Marianum, all under the baton of Olivier Schneebeli. Music for the Sun King at the close of the festival will feature the most beautiful operatic arias and suites from ballets composed for Louis XIV by authors such as J.-B. Lully and A. Campra. The concert which takes place on 7 August 2017 at the Dvořák Hall of Rudolfinum is singular in offering a chance to experience the unique sound of the specific string instruments which were used at the famous king’s orchestra, Les Vingt-quatre Violons du roi. The Collegium Marianum orchestra will play on the only existing copies of these instruments, kindly lent by the Centre of Baroque Music in Versailles (CMBV). The soloist of this spectacular event will be the soprano Jodie Devos.

The dramaturgy also offers Spanish and Basque dance music as it would have been performed at Versailles in the 17th century, Italian cantatas dedicated to the dauphine Maria Josepha of Saxony, music for the viol intended for performance at the royal chambers, or pieces by Parisian authors influenced by Telemann. All that in the performance of world-renowned artists such as Euskal Barrokensemble from Spain, the soloists of the eminent Hofkapelle München, one of the most remarkable harpsichordists of his generation, Jean Rondeau, the Italian soprano Raffaella Milanesi with Ensemble Odyssee from the Netherlands, or Hathor Consort from Belgium.

The 18th Summer Festivities of Early Music further develops the programme line prepared in collaboration with the CMBV. For more on the collaboration see here…




King of Heavens
Grands Motets for the Royal Chapel
M.-R. de Lalande

Chantal Santon-Jeffery – dessus
Reinoud Van Mechelen – haute-contre
François Joron – taille
Lisandro Abadie – basse-taille
du Centre de musique baroque de Versailles
– choir

Olivier Schneebeli – conductor

Tuesday 11. 7. 2017, 19.30
kostel sv. Šimona a Judy, Dušní, Praha 1



Duel da gamba
Marais and Forqueray in Versailles

Romina Lischka – viola da gamba, artistic director

Monday 17. 7. 2017, 19.30
Strahovský klášter, Letní refektář, Praha 1



Solo for the King
Three Generations of Royal Harpsichordists
J. Ch. de Chambonnières, J.-H. D’Anglebert, F. Couperin

Jean Rondeau – harpsichord

Thursday 20. 7. 2017, 19:30
Břevnovský klášter, Tereziánský sál, Markétská 1, Praha 6



Spanish and Basque Dance Music in Versailles
G. Sanz, M. P. de Albéniz, M. Marais, J.-B. Lully

Enrike Solinís – Baroque guitar, artistic director

Pondělí 24. 7. 2017, 20.00
Zámek Troja, U Trojského zámku 1, Praha 7



Music for the Crown Princess
Italian Cantatas for Maria Josepha of Saxony
J. A. Hasse, A. Vivaldi, L. Leo, J.-Ph. Rameau

Raffaella Milanesi – soprano

Monday 31. 7. 2017, 20.00
Zámek Troja, U Trojského zámku 1, Praha 7



Gallant Conversations
Georg Philipp Telemann and the French Style
G. Ph. Telemann, L.-G. Guillemain, J.-J. de Mondonville

Rüdiger Lotter – Baroque violin, artistic director
Michael Schmidt-Casdorff – flauto traverso
Pavel Serbin – viola da gamba, Baroque cello
Felix Stross – Baroque cello
Christine Schornsheim (as guest) – harpsichord

Wednesday 2. 8. 2017, 19.00
Lobkowiczký palác, Pražský hrad, Praha 1



Music for the Sun King
The Most Beautiful Arias and Suites from Ballets for Louis XIV
J.-B. Lully, A. Campra, A.-C. Destouches

Jodie Devos – soprano
Patrick Cohën-Akenine – concert master, musical direction
Jana Semerádová – artistic director

Monday 7. 8. 2017, 19.30
Rudolfinum, Dvořákova síň, Alšovo nábř. 12, Praha 1
on copies of the unique instruments from Louis XIV’s string orchestra, “The 24 Violons of the King”



Additional Event of the Festival

Bourgeois Gentilhomme
Jean-Baptiste Lully & Molière: Screening of a recording of the performance at Théâtre Trianon, Paris 2004

Vincent Dumestre – musical direction
Benjamin Lazar – direction

Organized by the French Institute in Prague.

Thursday 13. 7. 2017, 19.00
Francouzský institut v Praze, Kino 35, Štěpánská 35, Praha 1