CONCERTS

Every year, the Association of the Friends of the Château de Bournazel organises a rich cultural season in order to revive this jewel. The château hosts musical and theatrical events, university symposiums, artists’ residences, all of which highlight the extraordinary diversity of the European Renaissance.

PROGRAMME 2022

Saturday, 26 November, 8 pm

Aragónai Beatrix, Renaissance Queen of Hungary

Tasto Solo

Beatrice of Naples, a descendant of the powerful Crown of Aragon, was crowned Queen of Hungary in 1476 following her marriage to King Matthias Corvin. Granddaughter of the famous Alphonsus V of Aragon, a true king of the Renaissance known as ‘the Magnanimous’, Beatrice grew up in the rich Kingdom of Naples, conquered by the Aragonese in 1442 during their vast geographical and cultural expansion. Placed under the tutelage of the composer Johannes Tinctoris, famous musician and eminent theorist of his time, Béatrice thus became a highly respected personality thanks to her excellent erudition.

‘Aragónai Beatrix’, as she was known in her country of adoption, made Hungary one of the most active centers of the early Renaissance. During her reign, she and her husband promoted the importation of the various musical currents of the late 15th century, such as the repertoire contained in the ‘Mellon Chansonnier’, perhaps copied under the supervision of Tinctoris and offered to the young royal couple. Beatrice and Corvin were also patrons of many Italian scholars and artists, book collectors and founders of the mythical Corvina Library, as well as promoters of the construction of the first palaces following Italian precepts. This concert program, presenting the compositions related – and sometimes dedicated – to Béatrice, puts into music the journey of this great Renaissance lady, heiress of a humanist and cosmopolitan culture, with many aesthetics, languages and influences.

Compositions by J. Tinctoris (c. 1435-1511), W. Frye (fl. 1460), A. Busnois (c. 1430-1492), G. Dufay (1397-1474) and anonymous works preserved in 15th-century Neapolitan manuscripts.

Presented by the Association des Amis du Château de Bournazel

Information and reservations
Tickets: €20 – Under 18s: €15
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42
Address of the château: 227 route de Rignac 12390 BOURNAZEL

Previous Concerts 2022

Saturday, 15 January 2022, 8 pm

Music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn

Alain Roudier

Alain Roudier will interpret the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Joseph Haydn on antique instruments.

Presented by the Association des Amis du Château de Bournazel

Information and reservations
Full price: €20 – Under 25: €15
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42
Address of the castle: 227 route de Rignac 12390 BOURNAZEL
Health pass required for persons aged 12 or over

Saturday, 23 April 2022, 6 pm

Special Young Talents of HEMU (Lausanne Higher School of Music)

Sol Molina - cello (Venezuela), Alice Emery - harp (Brazil), Sébastian Ramirez - violin (Chile)

Shostakovich, Saint-Saens, Manuel de Falla, Albeniz, Bartòk, Piazzolla

Information and reservations

Tickets: 18 €

Reservations: musiqueenjoie@gmail.com

Tel: 06 80 92 54 02

Address of the château: 227 route de Rignac 12390 BOURNAZEL

It is possible to combine your concert ticket with a guided tour of the château at 4pm for an additional 8€ pp. (26€ in total for the concert and guided tour).

Sunday, 26 June, 5 pm

Beethoven

Florent Audibert, violoncelle et Matthieu Schweiger, pianoforte copie de Walter, vers 1795

First part of two concerts presenting the complete set of Beethoven’s cello and piano sonatas. This concert interprets the two sonatas from his youth, composed in 1796, whose style is still marked by the influence of the Viennese models of  Haydn and Mozart, but where the composer gives to the cello a dramatic and virtuoso role much more developed and, above all, where the piano part becomes emancipated to become much more than a simple accompaniment.

Piano and Cello Sonata No. 1 in F major, Opus 5 No. 1
12 Variations on the theme of Handel See the conquering hero comes
Sonata for piano and cello No. 2 in G minor,
opus 5 no. 2

Information and reservations
Tickets : €20 – Under 18s: €15
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

Friday, 29 July and Saturday, 30 July, 8 pm

Two centuries of French song

Le Cabaret Décousu by Philippe Meyer

“One vowel can hide another, and if it is a song that looks like us, it is also, and even more, a song that brings us together. A song we sing or a song we listen to. A hit that does not leave our heads (our forefathers said «a saw») or air that we keep warm, just for us. The song is used to weld the bands together and to march as efficiently as it allows to dream in its corner. The song gives memories to those who don’t. It eases our sorrows of love or it makes us share for 3 minutes a torrid passion or an inconsolable sorrow. The song celebrates the fatherland, it blows the heads of the rulers, it celebrates the journeys and it invents destinations, it mocks or it moans, it raises the fist or it makes the less weighty feet dance. There is no subject that is foreign to her and she has treated them all. It is this song, our common heritage that we want to celebrate in this cabaret that draws in all genres. I would add that a song is a small play, and it is no coincidence that it is with actors whom I wanted to share the programme of this disjointed cabaret.”

Philippe Meyer, Noémie Zurletti, Benoît Carré, Emmanuel Noblet, singing
Jean-Claude Laudat, Accordion – Pascal Sangla, Voice and Piano

Information and reservations
Tickets: €20 – Under 18s: €15
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

Sunday, 7 August, 8 pm

4 SUMMER CONCERTS: La Liberté

Justin Taylor, harpsichord

A recital built on the theme of Liberty, with pieces from the 17th and 18th centuries, by one of the most brilliant representatives of the new French harpsichord school.

Johann Jacob Froberger (1616-1667)
Tomb made in Paris on the death of Monsieur Blancheroche, which is played very slowly at the discretion without observing any measure
Gigue, Courante, Sarabande (extracted from Suite XIX in C min)

Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Prelude to the imitation of Mr. Froberger
Common La Mignone
La Piémontoise

François Couperin (1668-1733)
Second Prelude (from the Art of Touching the Harpsichord)
Happy Ideas, Butterflies (excerpts from the Second Order)

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Prelude (from the First Book)
Gavotte & Doubles (from the New Suite of Harpsichord Pieces)
Air for the Charter Slaves
The Savages

Claude Balbastre (1724-1799)
La d’Héricourt
March of the Marseillois and the Air Ca-ira, arranged by the citizen Balbastre to the brave defenders of the French Republic in the year 1792

Pancrace Royer (1703-1755)
The Scythian March

Information and reservations
Tickets: €25 – Under 18s: €20
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

For all 4 summer concerts (7, 8, 9, 10 August):
Package 4 concerts (full price) : 80 €
Package 4 concerts (under 18s) : 60 € 

Monday, 8 August, 8 pm

4 SUMMER CONCERTS: Liszt and Saint-Saëns

Rémy Cardinale, piano Erard

This concert is dedicated to two of the greatest piano virtuosos of the 19th century, the Hungarian Ferenc (Franz) Liszt (1811-1886) and the French Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921). Two outstanding personalities, but also two friends, who pushed composing for the piano to a very high level of lyricism and technique. With, as a keystone, the monumental Sonata in B minor of Liszt.

Camille Saint-Saëns
3 Mazurkas: #1 opus 21
n°2 opus 24
#3 opus 66

Franz Liszt
Poetic and Religious Harmonies, no. 7 “Funeral”

Saint-Saëns/Liszt
Dance Macabre opus 40

Franz Liszt
Sonata in B minor

Information and reservations
Tickets: €25 – Under 18s: €20
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

For all 4 summer concerts (7, 8, 9, 10 August):
Package 4 concerts (full price) : 80 €
Package 4 concerts (under 18s) : 60 € 

Tuesday, 9 August, 8 pm

4 SUMMER CONCERTS: Incas and Conquistadors

Ensemble La Chacana

What do we know about music prior to the arrival of Europeans on the American continent? What was the music practiced by the Spanish at the time of the discovery of the New World? What mix-ages resulted from these unequal exchanges, especially in the eighteenth century? These are the questions that constitute the purpose of the concert designed by Pierre Hamon, an undisputed specialist of pre-Columbian music, in a marriage of the sonorities of Andean and European instruments.

Ensemble La Chacana:
Pierre Hamon, Renaissance, Andean and pre-Columbian flutes
Ananda Brandao, voice and percussion
Clemence Nicolas, voice and flutes
Bor Zuljan, Spanish lute and Renaissance guitar
Berangère Sardin, Renaissance harp

Information and reservations
Tickets: €25 – Under 18s: €20
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

For all 4 summer concerts (7, 8, 9, 10 August):
Package 4 concerts (full price) : 80 €
Package 4 concerts (under 18s) : 60 €

Wednesday, 10 August, 8 pm

4 SUMMER CONCERTS: Saint-Saëns, famous and unknown

L’Armée des Romantiques

2021 was the centenary year of the death of Camille Saint-Saëns, legendary figure of French romanticism. This composer, whose name will remain forever in the collective memory thanks to his Carnival of animals, has left an immense but ultimately unknown work. L’Armée des Romantiques does him justice, with a spectacular program of chamber music.

Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 1, Opus 75 (1885)
Sonata for Cello and Piano No. 1, Opus 32 (1872)
Trio for Cello, Violin and Piano No. 1, Opus 18 (1863)

L’Armée des Romantiques:
Girolamo Bottiglieri, violin
Emmanuel Balssa, cello
Rémy Cardinale, piano Erard

Information and reservations
Tickets: €25 – Under 18s: €20
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

For all 4 summer concerts (7, 8, 9, 10 August):
Package 4 concerts (full price) : 80 €
Package 4 concerts (under 18s) : 60 €

Saturday, 15 October, 8 pm

Beethoven

Florent Audibert, cello and Matthieu Schweiger, pianoforte Kulmbach, circa 1820

Saturday, October 15, 8 pm
Beethoven
Florent Audibert, cello and Matthieu Schweitzer, pianoforte Kulmbach, circa 1820
This second part of Beethoven’s complete sonatas for cello and piano is made up of his mature works. Dating from 1808, Sonata No. 3 innovates in the balance between the two instruments. The last two sonatas date from 1815 and are marked by a musical colour that turns its back on classicism in favor of a more tormented and dramatic romanticism. Bold works, opening new horizons.

Sonata for Piano and Cello No. 3 in A major, Opus 69
Sonata for piano and cello no. 4 in C major, opus 102 no. 1
Sonata for piano and cello No. 5 in D major, opus 102 No. 2

Information and reservations
Tickets: €20 – Under 18s: €15
Reservations: chateau.de.bournazel@gmail.com
Tel: 05 65 80 81 99 or 06 65 54 12 42

Previous Performances

2021 - Programme Musical

Le Cabaret Décousu de Philippe Meyer, Bor Zuljan, Tasto Solo et Benjamin Alard

2020 - Ensemble Tasto Solo - « Virtuosity and Refinement at the turn of the Renaissance »

Three concerts by an ensemble now central to the European cultural landscape, featuring repertoires from the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. 

2019 - Ensemble Tasto Solo - Anna Inglese

Concert dedicated to Anna Inglese, one of the few professional singers working in Italy in the 15th century, whose “soft and subtle voice, not human but divine” had been noted in 1455. 

2019 - Carte blanche to the La Lyra ensemble

Three concerts devoted to the extraordinary evolution of keyboard instruments during the Renaissance, through three original and rare approaches.

2018 - Keyboards in the Renaissance

Ensemble TASTO SOLO (Guillermo Perèz, organetto, David Catalunya, clavisimbalum and Angélique Mauillon, renaissance harp) Enea Sorini, tenor and Corina Marti, Renaissance harpsichord Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord

2017 - Ensemble Doulce Mémoire​

Made up of a team of faithful and close-knit musicians and singers, the Doulce Mémoire ensemble has been involved for more than twenty-five years in artistic adventures that are always innovative, with the regular participation of actors and dancers.

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Crédit photographique : Robin .H. Davies

The Association of the Friends of Château de Bournazel was created in January 2012 with the aim of promoting this exceptional Historic Monument by organising cultural events contributing to the enhancement of the artistic heritage of the Renaissance. The Association, through its actions, aims to encourage the reception of the public but also of researchers specialising in the period. In the same way, the association provides human, material and financial support for the conservation, restoration, protection and accessibility of the Château.

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