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Review Michael White 2015

Catholic Herald, Michael White

passionately spirited performances, packed houses and the culture of extended friendship that the name suggests

Claviers: the concerts, which have minimal formality… but a habit of delivering miracles. A good example last week was a pair of countertenors singing Purcell side by side in one of those neglected churches that you get in France…One countertenor was James Hall, a voice of velvet power that had projection but with easy, almost laid-back charm and purity of town. The other was a a fascinating curiosity: a 16-year-old Swiss boy, Constantin Emanuel Zimmemann, who ought to be too young to be the voice he is and was apparently still singing treble just a month ago. He was an outstanding treble, who recorded with Ton Koopman. And he seems to have emerged like Venus, fully formed (or very nearly)…there’s no doubting his musicianship, which is precocious. We’ll be hearing more of him, I’m sure.

Tosca: the location was magical, the orchestra heroic and the Scarpia magnificently sung by Adam Green….an achivement

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France 3, Dominique Langard

Le festival qui a misé dès le départ sur l’exigence, ne se refuse aucune possibilité d’exploration. “C’est une réunion de musiciens professionnels qui acceptent de passer deux semaines dans cette région de France d’une beauté inouïe” explique Pippa Pawlik, directeur artistique du festival. 

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Moments idylliques et enchanteurs pour un public conquis.

dans une lumière inhabituelle et un son exceptionnel, Andrew [Staples] a interprété magistralement Dichterliebe de Schumann, accompagné par le pianiste Alisdair Hogarth. Le Ténor de Musique Cordiale Andy (un des plus renommé du Royaume Uni) a captivé, électrisé tous les auditeurs.

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Var Matin

Ensemble Bella Terra, Seillans: Le coup d’envoi du 11e festival international de Musique Cordiale a été donné samedi à la salle polyvalente du village dans laquelle les mélomanes s’étaient réfugiés à cause des caprices du temps. C’est l’ensemble “Bella Terra” avec les musiques tziganes et terres du sud qui a enchanté un nombreux public de connaisseurs.

Tosca à Seillans: C’est un public plus que conquis qui a salué comme il se doit ces artistes brillants dont les voix resteront longtemps à raisonner dans leurs têtes. 

Irish Times – Ten Wonderful Music Holidays

A series of stunning Provençale hilltop towns play host to this wonderful festival that is celebrating its 11th year in 2015. Seillance, the Pays de Fayence and neighbouring towns of the Var host more than 20 concerts of choral and orchestral work, chamber ensembles, recitals, opera and even some jazz. The atmosphere is informal and incredibly friendly; the music is top-notch.

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/holidays-2015/ten-wonderful-music-holidays-1.2041265

Book your tickets for our Fundraising Evening

Join us for a night of delicious food, wine and song to raise funds for Musique Cordiale Festival
Wednesday 8 July 2015, 19:00
La Salle Polyvalente, Seillans, 83440 France

Champagne reception, dinner by the Institut Gastronomie Riviera, wine and performances by soprano Lydia Brotherton, baritone Adam Green and pianist Mark Austin

Click here to book your tickets online

To book your tickets offline, please contact:

Hannah Stodart, Administratrice du Festival:
+33 7 87 46 99 27
hannah@musique-cordiale.com

adam greenAdam Green Lydia Brotherton sopranoLydia Brotherton Mark colourMark Austin

We look forward to welcoming you on the 8 July!

Reviews

Catholic Herald, Michael White
passionately spirited performances, packed houses and the culture of extended friendship that the name suggests

Claviers: the concerts, which have minimal formality… but a habit of delivering miracles. A good example last week was a pair of countertenors singing Purcell side by side in one of those neglected churches that you get in France…One countertenor was James Hall, a voice of velvet power that had projection but with easy, almost laid-back charm and purity of town. The other was a a fascinating curiosity: a 16-year-old Swiss boy, Constantin Emanuel Zimmemann, who ought to be too young to be the voice he is and was apparently still singing treble just a month ago. He was an outstanding treble, who recorded with Ton Koopman. And he seems to have emerged like Venus, fully formed (or very nearly)…there’s no doubting his musicianship, which is precocious. We’ll be hearing more of him, I’m sure.

Tosca: the location was magical, the orchestra heroic and the Scarpia magnificently sung by Adam Green….an achivement

Read the full article

France 3, Dominique Langard
Le festival qui a misé dès le départ sur l’exigence, ne se refuse aucune possibilité d’exploration. “C’est une réunion de musiciens professionnels qui acceptent de passer deux semaines dans cette région de France d’une beauté inouïe” explique Pippa Pawlik, directeur artistique du festival. 

Read the full article

Moments idylliques et enchanteurs pour un public conquis.

dans une lumière inhabituelle et un son exceptionnel, Andrew [Staples] a interprété magistralement Dichterliebe de Schumann, accompagné par le pianiste Alisdair Hogarth. Le Ténor de Musique Cordiale Andy (un des plus renommé du Royaume Uni) a captivé, électrisé tous les auditeurs.

Read the full article

Var Matin
Ensemble Bella Terra, Seillans: Le coup d’envoi du 11e festival international de Musique Cordiale a été donné samedi à la salle polyvalente du village dans laquelle les mélomanes s’étaient réfugiés à cause des caprices du temps. C’est l’ensemble “Bella Terra” avec les musiques tziganes et terres du sud qui a enchanté un nombreux public de connaisseurs.

Tosca à Seillans: C’est un public plus que conquis qui a salué comme il se doit ces artistes brillants dont les voix resteront longtemps à raisonner dans leurs têtes. 

Irish Times – Ten Wonderful Music Holidays
A series of stunning Provençale hilltop towns play host to this wonderful festival that is celebrating its 11th year in 2015. Seillance, the Pays de Fayence and neighbouring towns of the Var host more than 20 concerts of choral and orchestral work, chamber ensembles, recitals, opera and even some jazz. The atmosphere is informal and incredibly friendly; the music is top-notch.

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/travel/holidays-2015/ten-wonderful-music-holidays-1.2041265

Opera Now, Michael White
OUTDOOR PURSUITS – (Squillo, Main Stage)

a sharp, smart Barber of Seville directed by the multi-talented John Savournin….It was spunkily conducted too by the unflappable Mark Austin

Telegraph, Michael White
How professionals and amateurs find common ground and make sweet music in the south of France

But the lesson of an experience like Musique Cordiale is that there are other things in music-making that count for at least as much as perfection: qualities to do with effort and commitment and communication of a sense that what you’re singing/playing truly matters to you. And on those terms, this B Minor Mass was fabulous.

I heard it twice, in different hill-town churches, played on both occasions to packed audiences that overflowed into the street outside. There was a real sense of occasion: far greater than when you go and hear a comparable concert at the Barbican or Southbank.

Telegraph, Michael White
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/travel/festivalsandevents/7770820/Classical-music-festivals-2010-summer-guide.html

Almost a miniature Dartington with better weather, Musique Cordiale is now in its sixth year. The concerts involve big choirs drawn from amateur singers from both sides of the Channel who do it as a music holiday, alongside rising young professionals who do it for experience. Everybody eats communally en plein air.

The concerts, which get packed and emotional, run in Seillans, Mons, Bagnols and other characterful hill-towns of the region. This year there’s Fauré’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Salve Regina, and a lot of baroque orchestral music. Plus a production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte, under the stars in Seillans town square that, if it’s anything like last year’s Marriage of Figaro, will be pure magic.