Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble
Founded in 1982 by Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble are closely associated with the revival of Baroque music on period instruments in France. The orchestra made its reputation with critically acclaimed interpretations of Handel, Purcell, Rameau, followed by Haydn and Mozart and more recently Bach, on record and in live performance.
Today it offers a gradual reinterpretation of the symphonic and operatic repertoire from the Baroque era to works of a later date, with a particular predilection for nineteenth-century French music. It has mounted projects focusing on Berlioz (Les Nuits d'été, Harold en Italie), but also Bizet (L'Arlésienne) and Massenet (Cendrillon). The ensemble's recent operatic successes include Gluck's Iphigénie en Tauride and Rameau's Platée at the Paris Opéra, Wagner's Die Feen at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Mozart's Idomeneo (Aix-en-Provence Festival, Musikfest Bremen, Mozartwoche Salzburg), and Handel's Alcina at the Vienna Staatsoper. In 2011 it was invited to the Salzburg Summer Festival for Così fan tutte in August and the Amsterdam Opera for Gluck's two Iphigénie operas in September.
In the 2011/12 season Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble embarked on a complete Schubert symphony cycle which will be recorded by Naïve at the Vienna Konzerthaus in 2012. The orchestra will also be on a European tour with the St Matthew Passion and be the guests of the Berlin Staatsoper for a production of Handel's Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno. The year 2012 will mark its thirtieth anniversary.
Based in Grenoble since 1996 and an associate ensemble of the MC2 centre there, it expanded its activities in 2005 with the creation of the workshop L'Atelier des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble to facilitate access to the concerts of its season for the widest possible audience.
Picture: Elisabeth Carecchio