Born out of the salons of the Grand Siècle, the 1652 manuscript called La Rhétorique des Dieux by Denis Gaultier offers an impressive synthesis of music, mythology, engraving, gold work, prose, and poetry.
Weaving ravishing music with the spoken word, Boston-based lutenist Catherine Liddell mines the mythological roots of lute repertoire of Versailles, one golden age mirrored in another.
This concert is produced by Salon/Sanctuary Concerts and made possible in part by the generous co-sponsorship of NYU Maison Française.
Catherine Liddell is much in demand for her sensitivity and skill as a continuo player on theorbo and lute and has appeared with many of the leading period instrument ensembles in the U.S., including the Handel & Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, the Seattle Baroque Orchestra, Apollo’s Fire, and the New York Collegium.
Ms. Liddell co-founded and performs regularly with Ensemble Chanterelle and with Charivary. A frequent participant in the Aston Magna Festival, she has also performed in the Boston Early Music Festival and the Northwest and New England Bach Festivals.
Ms. Liddell has nurtured a special interest in 17th Century French lute music for many years, recording music by Jacques Gallot and others for Centaur Records. She is also editor of a volume of sacred music for lute, available through Lyre Publications.