Marie-Antoinette & ses Airs

Worldwide premiere

Music written for Marie-Antoinette, Queen of France at the time of Louis XVI.

“Marie-Antoinette & ses Airs” CD release with soprano Anne Cambier and harpist Ann Fierens.

This shows that she must have been an excellent musician. For example, she studied the harp for one hour per day, sang one hour per day with Gluck and frequently gave afternoon concerts. All music we hear on the CD was sung and played by Marie-Antoinette herself.

The CD has become truly documentary and clearly brings to life the typical performance style and method that was used at Versailles in the 18th century.

This CD has been realized by Catalpa Productions/Luk Callens, who invented the show concept for ING in collaboration with Anne Cambier, Ann Fierens and Michaël Pas.

Through Guy Coolen, this music has also been noticed by Robert Carson, who incorporated it in the retrospective exhibition on Marie-Antoinette at “Le Grand Palais” in Paris.

The songs are playful and whimsical but also charged, and the poetically rich lyrics are full of hidden meanings and frequently refer to “les amants”, “les amours”, and the many intrigues at the French court. The music doesn’t just date from Marie-Antoinette’s era, it is also dedicated to her.

Through their performance of Hinner and Boely songs soprano Anne Cambier and harpist Ann Fierens successfully create a true to life image of Queen Marie-Antoinette, Versailles and her royal household.

The recording was done by Leo De Klerck/Bloomline in the Galaxy studios at Mol.

To put the songs into a historical context, Ann Fierens plays a historical harp

(Louvet, Paris 1770, single action harp).

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