Discovering the French flageolet, with Hugo Reyne and La Simphonie du Marais

Les Amours d’un Rossignol.music for the French flageolet.works by Greeting, Banister, Hills, Freillon-Poncein, Hotteterre, Handel, Toulan, Yost, Pfeilsticker, Heinel, Berlioz, Collinet père, Roy, Jullien, Musard, Carnaud, Bousquet and Damaré.La Simphonie du Marais, Hugo Reyne, flageolet and direction.2020Two CDs (62.50 and 65.20) + one DVD (35.00).HugoVox 002.

When this original production was released at the beginning of the year, it was specified that La Simphonie du Marais would give its last concert at the Logis de la Chabotterie, in Vendée, next September and that Hugo Reyne, after an adventure he initiated in 1987 and of which he was the musical director for 33 years, would then resume his career as a solo musician. Health events being what they are, will the measures put in place allow this concert to take place on the scheduled date, i.e. 19 September? The website of La Simphonie du Marais announces the postponement or cancellation of certain summer concerts, but gives no details about this “farewell concert”, which we can only hope will take place. In any case, the musical instruments they have been using since then are sold second-hand on the websites.

Born in 1961 in Paris, Hugo Reyne studied the recorder and then the oboe.among other awards, he won the first prize in chamber music at the Bruges International Competition in 1984.he began a career as a soloist, recorded Corelli, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and many others, took part in the baroque adventure with Brüggen, Herreweghe, Leonhardt and Savall, was an orchestral musician and toured the world.He founded his own ensemble in 1987, the Simphonie du Marais, with which he recorded some fifty critically acclaimed recordings (notably the formidable complete Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy by Michel-Richard de Lalande in 1990).This hyperactive musician also became the musical director of several festivals, taught in many places, directed other groups, and had a passion for publishing old scores and musicological research. It is in this last context that this unusual and original album was born. It is the first recording entirely dedicated to the French flageolet from the 17th to the 19th century and its repertoire.In the note he signs himself, Hugo Reyne explains that he became acquainted with this little whistle in 1980 during a visit to the Museum of Musical Instruments of the National Conservatory of Music in Paris, and that he was immediately fascinated “by these kinds of recorders, most of which are equipped with keys”.Before any audition, Hugo Reyne’s four-page book is devoted to this specific French flageolet and its history, with a sharp sense of synthesis, and before embarking on the tour of the two CDs, the enclosed fascinating 35-minute DVD is shown, in which Hugo Reyne gives a warm and playful presentation of the thirteen flageolets used, with excerpts from concerts and recordings.The title of this recording was suggested to me by a work by Eugène Damaré, one of the last composers to have written for the flageolet.The nightingale being the king of songbirds, the flageolet having been used to “instruct” domestic birds, the various pieces of the repertoire bearing the name of this bird, everything encouraged me to adopt this title,” Hugo Reyne adds, “The time has come to plunge into two good hours of musical delight.

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