IN THE BEGINNING MONTEVERDI – CHAPTER 1

WITH

Sara iancu (cello)
Matthieu lejeune (cello)

ABOUT

A friend of mine once told me that, deep down, many of your artistic choices are linked to your history.

“I think he was right, and no doubt this record too was born of that story, born of my discovery of Monteverdi’s music and particularly his duets. Duets whose harmonic modernity and sense of storytelling and drama overwhelmed me. This music then inexplicably and mysteriously began to resonate within me with a whole other universe, that of certain works of contemporary music, works that have long been part of my world and which, for me, already have a strong yet indefinable link between them.

Could it be that what binds these very different works together and gives them such emotional force is that, at their very source, there is this sensation of breath becoming voice or even speech? And perhaps the same is true of Monteverdi, so that he resonates with these works of contemporary music, despite being four centuries apart. Still, I began to perceive that a journey was being created from one room to another, from one universe to another, a journey like a single, long breath.”

MUSIC

Claudio Monteverdi, Duo Seraphim
György Kurtag, Pilinszky Janos: Gérard de Nerval Op.5b
Luciano Berio, Words went
Claudio Monteverdi, Ohime dov’e il mio ben Part1
Pascal Dusapin, Immer
Claudio Monteverdi, Ohime dov’e il mio ben2nd and4th parts
Pascal Dusapin, Invece
Claudio Monteverdi, Non vedro mai le stelle
Henri Dutilleux, Trois strophes sur le nom de Sacher (Three stanzas on the name of Sacher)
Claudio Monteverdi, Chiome d’oro
Claudio Monteverdi, Pur ti miro

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credits & thanks

CONCEPTION, MUSICAL DIRECTION & CELLO

Sonia Wieder-Atherton

MUSICAL COLLABORATION

Franck Krawczyk

WITH

Sara Iancu and Matthieu Lejeune (cellos)

PHOTO & VIDEO CREDITS

Excerpt from the film Chantal Akerman filme Sonia Wieder-Atherton
by Chantal Akerman

New release

BACH: Cello Suites Nos. 3 & 4

“It’s a question of digging into the string until the phrase is born, along with its right breath. A sentence in perpetual becoming. It never stops being made and remade. I waited a long time to record them. And then one day, or rather one night, I began.”