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     Gerard Lesne

Born: July 15, 1956 - Montmorency, France

The French counter-tenor, Gerard Lesne, defines his voice as 'contralto' and in so doing rises above petty disputes over terms like counter-tenor, male alto, falsettist, and so on. His initial vocation as a rock singer was eventually abandoned in favour of other no less adventurous areas and has left him with a keen appetite for exploring new areas, frequently delving into a past desperately in need of revival. This was clearly the case when, in 1979, the tenor Zeger Vandersteene, who belongs to the 'second generation' of those won over to the Baroque cause, introduced him to Rene Clemencic, whose pioneering work in the medieval repertoire so enriched the musical scene.

Blessed with a voice whose bright top register and powerful low register blend with a miraculous smoothness which many singers only achieve after years of hard work, the young 'contralto' of just 23 began travelling across Europe with the Clemencic Consort. It was only in 1991 that he moved on from this repertory, having taken part in the rediscovery of Gregorian chant with Ensemble Organum, got a taste of French Baroque music with William Christie and Les Arts Florissants (from 1984 to 1990) and Bach with Philippe Herreweghe (from 1988 to 1992).

Through his contact with so many different approaches and personalities, Gerard Lesne perfected a stylistic versatility and technical mastery eminently suited to Italian music. The richness of timbre and agility of his voice, his mastery of colour and the full gamut of Baroque affetti, the very lifeblood of Scarlatti, Vivaldi and Stradella, prompted him to found Il Seminario Musicale in 1985, an ensemble with which he began to explore this most challenging of repertoires.

For anyone wishing to follow Gerard Lesne through the many adventures which have inspired him and see for themselves how amazingly versatile he is, his numerous award-winning recordings are the most enlightening guides. Particularly noteworthy are Gerard Lesne's interpretations of cantatas by Bononcini, Caldara and Handel, motets by Monteverdi and Scarlatti, his collection of Portuguese songs entitled O Lusitano, and an album of sacred works by Vivaldi. Of outstanding merit are the Charpentier Lecons de Tenebres, which won the coveted Victoires de la musique award in France in 1993 for the Good Friday CD, which was followed by those devoted to the Wednesday and Thursday of Holy Week, all of them winning the distinguished Diapason d'Or award; his Byrd disc with Ensemble Orlando Gibbons and recently Hasse's I Pellegrini al Sepolcro di Nostro Signore. These recordings were released by Virgin Classics, for which he is an exclusive artist.

Every year since 1993, Gerard Lesne has been giving courses in vocal interpretation at Royaumont Abbey in France, the very place where his career was launched amid enthusiastic applause for a concert in which he stood in at the last minute for a soloist in the Clemencic Consort. It is a telling sign of his consistently successful development ever since that he should have returned to Royaumont as a fully recognised master of his art.

Personal remark (from Countertenors Website) One of the first Frenchmen with a truly international reputation. Not the broadest range; he is a definite contralto, with little above D, but he possesses exquisite tonal beauty, a fine coloratura and an intelligent musician's instincts. Has made a speciality of the Italian Baroque repertoire, with the odd foray into such as Couperin.



Жерар Лен (фр. Gerard Lesne; род. 15 июня 1956, Монморанси, департамент Долина Уазы) - французский певец (контратенор) и дирижёр.

Музыкант-самоучка, Лен начал занятия музыкой с увлечения джазом, роком, электронной музыкой. Под влиянием знакомства с Рене Клеменчичем в 1979 году пришёл к изучению барочной музыки, пел в коллективах Филиппа Херревеге и Уильяма Кристи. В 1990 году создал ансамбль Il Seminario Musicale, вместе с которым записал более 30 дисков.

К наиболее ярким записям Лена и его ансамбля принадлежат "Страстные утрени" (фр. Lec,ons de tenebres) Марка Антуана Шарпантье, оба тома которых были удостоены премии Виктуар де ля мюзик за лучшую запись старинной музыки (1994 и 1996 соответственно; в 1997 году Лен со своим ансамблем получил эту же премию в третий раз, за "Плачи пророка Иеремии" Никколо Йоммелли). Среди других значительных работ Лена - песни Пёрселла, мотеты Алессандро Страделлы, "Stabat mater" Джованни Перголези, кантаты Иоганна Себастьяна Баха, Антонио Вивальди и Антонио Кальдары.


Ресурсы сети, связанные с исполнителем:
www.gerardlesne.com Personal website. Biography, discography
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Lesne About from 'wikipedia'
www.bach-cantatas.com/Bio/Lesne-Gerard.htm Biography from 'bach-cantatas.com' [mobile]
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerard_Lesne About from 'wapedia.mobi' [mobile]
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CD коллекции, связанные с исполнителем:
  как основной исполнитель ...
 Gerard Lesne - 'Antonio Caldara: Cantatas. Alessandro Stradella: Motets' - 1999, EMI, Virgin Classics, Veritas
 Gerard Lesne - 'Bononcini: Amarilli Cantates Pour Alto Solo Sonates' - 1993, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'Brossard: Lecons Des Morts' - 1997, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'Cantatas' - 2008, Virgin Classics
 Gerard Lesne - 'Cantatas For Solo Countertenor' - 2001, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'D'amours Loial Servant' - 1999, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'Dans Un Bois Solitaire. Cantates Francaises' - 1999, EMI, Virgin Classics, Veritas
 Gerard Lesne - 'Galuppi: Motets' - 1994, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'O Lusitano: Portuguese Vilancetes, Cantigas And Romances' - 1992, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'Scarlatti: Cantatas' - 1996, Virgin
 Gerard Lesne - 'Vivaldi: Motetto 633, Stabat Mater 621, Intro Miserere 638, Nisi Dominus 608' - 1988, Harmonic
  как основной соисполнитель ...
 Johann Sebastian Bach - 'Ich Hatte Viel Bekummernis. Cantates BWV 21 & 42' - 1990, Harmonia mundi
 John Blow - 'An Ode On The Death Of Mr Henry Purcell' - 2000, EMI, Virgin Classics, Veritas
 Johann Adolf Hasse - 'I Pellegrini Al Sepolcro Di Nostro Signore' - 1998, Virgin
 Claudio Monteverdi - 'Salve Regina' - 1990, EMI, Virgin Classics, Veritas
 Henry Purcell - 'O Solitude' - 2004, Naive, Astree
 Alessandro Scarlatti - 'Motets' - 1994, EMI France, Virgin Classics
  как соисполнитель ...
 Johann Sebastian Bach - 'Magnificat BWV 243' - 1990, Harmonia mundi
 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - 'Canticum Ad Beatam Virginem Mariam' - 1989, Astree Auvidis
 Marc-Antoine Charpentier - 'David & Jonathas' - 1998, Harmonia mundi
 Ensemble Organum - 'Codex Faenza: Italie, XVe Siecle' - 1991, Harmonia mundi
 Ensemble Organum - 'Ecole De Notre-Dame. Messe Du Jour De Noel' - 1989, Harmonia mundi
 Various Artists - 'Le Temps Des Castrats' - 1995, EMI

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