Le Parlement de Musique

Formed in 1990 by Martin Gester, Le Parlement de Musique is an ensemble that varies in size according to the requirements of the repertoire: it comprises an orchestra and chorus, as well as soloists. Based on the latest musicological research into the interpretation of 17th- and 18th century music, it is devoted to Baroque and Classical repertoires. Le Parlement de Musique has presented many revivals, which have been highly acclaimed by the critics. These include M. A. Charpentier’s first Leçons de Ténèbres, and his Te Deum and Grands Motets; Alessandro Scarlatti’s Lamentazioni; G. B. Bassani’s Vespers (awarded the Fondazione Cini Prize, Venice); Organ Concertos by J. S. Bach with André Isoir; an anonymous St Matthew Passion from the Library in Uppsala; and works by J. J. Froberger.
The repertoire of the ensemble includes: the Baroque motet, the Baroque Oratorio, Cantatas, works for the Theatre, the Baroque Concerto and the concerted organ works. Le Parlement de Musique takes part in many festivals in Europe (Ambronay, Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, Postdam, Schleswig-Holstein, Saint-Michel-en-Thiérache, Lausanne Bach Festival, Utrecht Festival, etc.), as well as in Asia and America. Backed in its early days by the France Telecom Foundation, the ensemble is now supported by a circle of sponsors and by the Alsace Region. Twelve of its recordings have been co-produced by the Aisne département and Radio-France. On the tenth anniversary of its creation (2000), Le Parlement de Musique gave its first season in Alsace. By agreement with the City of Strasbourg and the French Ministry of Culture, and with the assistance of the Alsace Region, it is now based in Strasbourg.