LA FENICE

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∇ Biographies

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La Fenice

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The ensemble La Fenice will attend the Format Raisins festival on July the 12th, with Alice Foccroulle for this 6th edition !

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The ensemble La Fenice takes its name from the phoenix – the fabulous mythological bird, consumed by flames and arising from its ashes – and uses this image to illustrate the influence of Italian music in Baroque Europe. La fenice was also the title of a work by Giovanni Martino Cesare, an Italian composer and cornett player who moved north of the Alps in the early seventeenth-century.

Today, this name brings together a group of musicians, whose common desire is to share their passion for the sumptuous Italian music of that time, and also to celebrate the works of composers from across Europe. Indeed, the cornett was commonly used in the early sixteenthcentury by Josquin Desprez and his contemporaries and it was still in use at J.S. Bach’s time. Bach himself included it in several of his cantatas.

The cornett can be found alongside the voice in sacred music throughout the Baroque period; it is mentioned in the registers of the Royal Chapel of Versailles until 1733. As for the sound it produces, this is how Mersenne described it in his Harmonie universelle (Paris, 1636): « it is like a sunbeam shining through the shadows or through the darkness when it is heard among the voices in churches, cathedrals or chapels… ».

Eager to respect the original instrumentations, particularly in vocal music, where the instruments shed light on the text through their symbolic significance, the ensemble’s line-up varies according to the repertoire it performs. Coming from all over Europe, the members of La Fenice are all internationally renowned soloists, as well as members of many leading early music ensembles.

Founded in 1990, the Ensemble La Fenice won first prize in two international competitions (Bruges 1990 and Malmö 1992) and has been invited at many of the world’s leading festivals. The ensemble’s discography includes a number of award-winning recordings – for the records labels Opus 111, Virgin Classics, Ricercar, etc. -, like the critically acclaimed series The heritage of Monteverdi (Choc Monde de la Musique, Diapason d’Or, Répertoire, 5 Etoiles, Goldberg…).

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Jean Tubéry

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The ensemble La Fenice will attend the Format Raisins festival on July the 12th, with Alice Foccroulle for this 6th edition !

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Fascinated by seventeenth-century Italian music, Jean Tubéry began his studies in Toulouse and in Amsterdam as a recorder player; he later focused on studying the cornett. After specializing with Bruce Dickey at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, he worked with several renowned early music groups (Clemencic Consort, Les Arts Florissants, La Petite Bande, et al.), before founding his own ensemble in 1990. Ever since, the ensemble La Fenice has been a leading force in the European early music scene; the ensemble will celebrate its 25th anniversary throughout 2015. The ensemble La Fenice has recorded for the major European labels. It should be noted that the continuing series made with Ricercar, The Heritage of Monteverdi, has been singled out as one of the ensemble’s finest achievements. Jean Tubéry teaches cornett and gives classes of interpretation at the Conservatories of both Paris and Lyon, as well as at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. He is also regularly invited to give masterclasses throughout the world: Luxemburg, New York, Cleveland, Basel, Oxford, Helsinki, etc. As a director, he was awarded the prestigious distinction « Liliane Bettencourt prize» for his work with the Namur Chamber Choir (2002-2008). In 2001, Jean Tubéry was appointed « Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres» by the French government and in 2007 he was voted « Personnality of the year» by Le Soir, the Belgian National Newspaper. His recording of Charpentier’s Te Deum was selected as the best version, by the Magazine Classica in 2010.

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The ensemble La Fenice will attend the Format Raisins festival on July the 12th with Alice Foccroulle!