Concert by the Toulouse Baroque Ensemble on 4 August 2023

in the Saint Sacerdos cathedral in Sarlat at 9pm.

The Toulouse Baroque Ensemble


L' The Toulouse Baroque Ensemble

Founded in 1998, the ensemble's main focus is on baroque and classical oratorio. Its interpretation of J.S. Bach's oratorios has earned the Ensemble reviews pointing to "(?) an unforgettable journey (?) the audience gave all the artists a standing ovation." (Classiquenews, 2017), "The Toulouse Baroque Ensemble has earned its stripes of excellence" (Resmusica, 2017), or "It must be said that on such an echo, the Toulouse Baroque Ensemble does not suffer from the comparison with the Musiciens du Louvre" (Bachtrack, 2017).

In 2016, the Ensemble Baroque de Toulouse released its first recording, the opera Le Triomphe des Arts by Bernard-Aymable Dupuy. Composed in 1733, this long-forgotten masterpiece is the only baroque opera from Toulouse, and one of only two composed far from the royal court. The recording, made during the only re-creation concert, was hailed by the critics, who wrote: "A magnificent result" (Classiquenews). Michel Brun shows himself to be a very convincing conductor, who knows how to give the dances of this opera-ballet the appropriate relief. The orchestra is also equal to the task" (Forumopera), and finally "A salutary approach to the rediscovery of a forgotten score (?) It is a model". (OdB Opera). The EBT?s second disc, Vivaldi, entre Ombre et Lumière, will also be enthusiastically received when it is released at the end of 2021.

Under the direction of its founder and conductor Michel Brun, the Ensemble divides its activity between repertoire and creation, giving rise to original performances that have been acclaimed by audiences throughout Europe, such as Caravane Baroque, which draws on the profoundly popular character of baroque music, or Caprices de Saisons, which combines compositions and repertoire music in a grand fresco set against a backdrop of environmental concerns.


Direction and traverso: Michel Brun

Violin: Laurence Martinaud and Véronique Delmas-Pellerin

Viola: Léonore Darnaud

Cello: Marie-Madeleine Mille

Double bass: Ershad Tehrani

Harpsichord: Clément Lanfranchi

Singing : Caroline Champy-Tursun


Between light and shadow

If Antonio Vivaldi is the most famous composer of concertos in history, notably for his four violin concertos known as the Four Seasons, it would be wrong to believe that the Venetian?s inspiration was limited to this form of writing. The man who was ordained a priest at the age of 25 composed a corpus of religious works of immense value for the Ospedale della Pietà, his main employer, before becoming one of the most prolific opera composers of his time.

On the programme:

  • Stabat Mater
  • Concerto il Gardellino
  • Sinfonia al Santo Sepolcro
  • Opera arias




Saint-Sacerdos Cathedral in Sarlat

Sarlat, the town with the highest density of historical monuments in France after Paris, needs no introduction.

The cathedral has been built, destroyed and remodelled since the 10th century, but is unlike any other. Just opposite, the house of La Boëtie, whose "Discourse on Voluntary Servitude" is often quoted without having read it; just behind the enigmatic Lantern of the Dead, about which little is known; all around, the private mansions of the 16th and 17th centuries.

Having survived the Hundred Years' War, the Wars of Religion and the French Revolution, after more than 1000 years of history, the Cathedral of Saint Sacerdos in Sarlat will welcome you for a memorable concert that will close the 35th Festival of Music in Périgord.

Sarlat Cathedral

The Festival

24260 Audrix, France



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From 20 July to 4 August 2023, 7 concerts in exceptional places.

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