The “Loves” of Mantovani from the Renaissance to today

the essential
The Théâtre du Capitole will offer tomorrow Wednesday the creation of two works by composer Bruno Mantovani: a string quartet and a piano-voice melody.

“Des three kinds of loving”, a sonnet by Etienne Jodelle (1532-1573) in which the poet of the Pléïade describes different stages of love, is one of the poems which inspired Bruno Mantovani “Loves”, a work unpublished, performed tomorrow Wednesday by soprano Gabrielle Philiponet and pianist Varduhi Yeritsyan. A past master in orchestral writing, chamber music and opera, this 47-year-old French composer is tackling melodies for voice and piano for the first time in his career.

“It’s a genre that is not so popular with today’s composers,” he says. “Musicians like to have several instruments to vary the tones. With Christophe Ghristi (artistic director of the Théâtre du Capitole, Editor’s note) who has always defended the lied and the melody, we decided to set to music texts extracted from a collection on the love of Etienne Jodelle. I love the energy of this very direct, concise, elegant but not precious poetry. The poems are written in Renaissance French. We can read them during the concert. No artistic expression, even very old, is out of fashion “.

Another piece by Bruno Mantovani is premiered this Wednesday in Toulouse: the String Quartet n ° 7, written during confinement, which will be performed by the Voce quartet.

The composer is in the room

Between these two creations, programmed, rare thing, in the same concert, the composer slipped the Quintet with piano op.44 of Robert Schumann, “great composer of the love of the XIXth century”. Bruno Mantovani will be seated in the room, among the spectators. This renowned composer is on familiar ground in Toulouse. Born in Perpignan, son of a Toulousain and an Ariégeoise, the current artistic and musical director of the Ensemble Orchestral Contemporain de Saint-Etienne has a strong link with the Théâtre and the Orchester du Capitole. His opera “Akhmatova” staged by Nicolas Joël from a libretto by Christophe Ghristi, premiered here in 2011. He has conducted around fifteen ONCT concerts and given recitals for Piano aux Jacobins. A meeting with the composer is scheduled before the concert at 7.20 p.m. in the Grand Foyer of the Theater.

“Amours” at the Théâtre du Capitole, Wednesday November 24 at 8 pm. Places from € 10. Tel 05 61 63 13 13 and online [email protected]