La Fontaine in Music
1 Zubir Said Dr
To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the birth of the famous poet Jean de La Fontaine, Paul Agnew has created a programme that attempts to mirror his wandering life. The programme begins and ends with extracts from the opera LAstrée for which La Fontaine wrote the libretto and Pascal Collasse the music. It also includes some Fables arranged by Clerambault, and music by Michel Lambert. The music is punctuated by letters and poems that illustrate the main events of La Fontaines journey through the years. An ensemble of singers and instrumentalists specialized in the performance of Baroque music on period instruments, Les Arts Florissants are renowned the world over. Founded in 1979 by the Franco-American harpsichordist and conductor William Christie, the Ensemble has played a pioneering role in the revival of the Baroque repertoire de France. Les Arts Florissants will be conducted by Paul Agnew, and joined by danser and narrator Pierre-Francois Dollé.