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Gérard Lesne

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Gerard Lesne offers led a distinctive profession: largely self-taught, he began like a jazz and rock and roll singer who not merely converted to much more serious music, but became defined as among the leading countertenors in the first music genre. He offers sung with many early music ensembles, like the Clemencic Consort and with the group he founded, Il Seminario Musicale. The sound quality of Lesne’s tone of voice continues to be referred to as the male counterpart to the feminine contralto. His admirers will define him additional, noting the countless delicate gradations of quantity as well as the nuances and color he’s with the capacity of imparting for an normally earthbound term. Many listeners, critics included, possess asserted he’s the best possible French countertenor of his period. Lesne offers produced several recordings for a number of brands, including EMI, Harmonia Mundi, Virgin Classics, and Accord. Lesne was created in Montmorency, France, on July 15, 1956. He previously little formal trained in his early years, though he do study music for a while in the Sorbonne. Until 1979, when he was 23, Lesne performed like a jazz and rock and roll singer. In those days Belgian tenor Zeger Vandersteene became impressed with Lesne’s vocal skills and launched him to composer/conductor René Clemencic, creator and head of early music ensemble the Clemencic Consort. Clemencic was instantly won over with the 23-year-old countertenor. From 1979 Lesne started singing using the Consort, touring European countries generally to enthusiastic important and viewers response. From 1984 to 1990 he sang with Les Arts Florissants under William Christie, delving mainly into French Baroque repertory. In 1985 Lesne founded Il Seminario Musicale and explored Italian Baroque music (A. Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Stradella, among others) and produced many recordings. From 1988 to 1992 Lesne sang with Philippe Herreweghe and his ensembles (La Chapelle Royale and Collegium Vocale Gent). In 1990 he produced two acclaimed recordings of J.S. Bach sacred works together with Herreweghe that made an appearance in the Harmonia Mundi label. Since 1993 Lesne provides provided vocal classes on the Royaumont Abbey in France, and through the entire 1990s and in to the brand-new century remained energetic on the concert picture, especially with Il Seminario Musicale. One of the group’s recordings is really a 2005 five-CD group of French sacred music on Virgin Classics. Lesne’s freelance documenting activity contains the 2006 Harmonia Mundi concern Messe de Noël with conductor Marcel Pérès.

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Full Name Gérard Lesne
Date Of Birth July 15, 1956
Profession Opera Singer
Albums Salve Regina, Purcell: O Solitude, O Lusitano, Alessandro Scarlatti: Motets / Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale, Magnificat BWV 243 / Cantate BWV 80, Charpentier: Trois Histoires Sacrées, Charpentier Leçons De Ténèbres, Leçons de Ténèbres: Office du Vendredi Saint (Il Seminario Musicale), Cantate Italiane e Sonate, Jomelli - Le Lamentazioni Del Profeta Geremia Per Il Mercoledi Santo, Dowland: Ayres, Pergolesi-Salve regina-Stabat mater, Bach: Arias & Cantatas, Leçons de Ténèbres: Office du Jeudi Saint (Il Seminario Musicale), Leçons de Ténèbres: Office du Mercredi Saint (Il Seminario Musicale), Cantatas & Masses, French Cantatas, Blow: An ode on the death of Mr. Henry Purcell etc., Medea / Cantats For Solo Countertenor, Motets: Confitebor / Arripe alpestri ad vallem, Pergolesi: Stabat Mater, Alessandro Scarlatti - Sacred Works, Caldara & Stradella - Cantatas & Motets, Stabat Mater (Il Seminario Musicale), Handel & Alessandro Scarlatti: Italian Cantatas, Office des Ténèbres - 3 Leçons de Ténèbres du Mercredy (Il Seminario Musicale feat. contra-tenor: Gérard Lesne), Poro, Mad'lesne, D'Amours loial servant - French and Italian Love Songs of the 14th-15th Centuries, Salve Regina, en fa majeur & Stabat Mater, Vivaldi - Salve Regina: Sacred Works for Countertenor and Double Orchestra, Monteverdi - Salva Regine; Motets for 1-3 voices, Vivaldi/Galuppi: Motets, French and Italian Cantatas, Vivaldi / Galuppi: Salve Regina / Motets, Du Mont: Motets à voix seule - Hayne: Requiem pour Marie de Médicis, Cantates der harmonische Gottesdienst / Fantaisies pour clavier, Ombra mai fù

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