Renaissance Concert


Friday, May 24, 2024, 8:30 PM

Saint-Eustache Church, Paris (75)

The Virgin Mary, woman among women, loving mother, is a source of inspiration for composers. To this divine love is added human love: ar-dent flame, thwarted love, pain and regret. A journey through Renaissance Eu-rope and its poetic language.

Woman of all women, object of devotion, merciful, loving mother, as beautiful as the rose or the lily, the Virgin Mary is a source of inspiration for composers, whether through the simplest expression of an Ave Maria by Jean Mouton, a learned counterpoint by Josquin Desprez or the fervor of the double choruses by Palestrina.

Ardent flame, thwarted or unhappy love, pain, sadness and regret, the poetic language of the Renaissance reveals itself to be passionate, hyperbolic and co-lorful. One man drowns in his tears, another suffers a cruel fate through the in-difference of his beloved, a nightingale carries messages, two friends converse about the fickleness of their beloved. All express the torments of earthly love.

Echoing the Renaissance pieces are two contemporary compositions, Tavener's calm and gentle Mother of God, and Lauridsen's tortured Io piango, based on an Italian Renaissance poem.


Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris, Children choir and Young Ensemble, Tenors and Basses of the Adult Choir
Yves Castagnet, organ
Emilie Fleury, conductor


William Byrd (1543? - 1623)
Ave Maria

John Bennet (1575?-1614?)
Weep, o mine eyes

John Dowland (1563 - 1626)
Can she excuse my wrongs?

John Tavener (1944-2013)
Mother of God, here I stand

William Cornysh (1465? - 1523)
Ah Robin, gentle Robin

Juan del Encina (1468?-1533)
Señora de hermosura (Extrait de Cancionero de Palacio)

Dindirindin (Extrait de Cancionero de Palacio)

Tomas Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
Ave regina caelorum a 8
Ave Maria, gratia plena a 8

Francesco Guerrero (1528-1599)
Ave virgo sanctissima

Morten Lauridsen (1943)
Io piango

Giovanni Pierlugi da Palestrina (1525?-1594)
Salve regina a 4
Beata es virgo Maria

Josquin des Prés (1450-1521)
O virgo prudentissima

Roland de Lassus (1532-1594)
Alma redemptoris mater a 8

Jean Mouton (1459-1522)
Ave Maria

Josquin des Prés (1450-1521)
Mille Regrets

Buy tickets


Category 1: 40 € (no reduction)
Category 2: 25 € and 15 € (reduced rate, under 26 upon presentation of proof)
Exempt: Children under 12

Groups of + 10 people :

On sale on site on the evening of concerts from 8 PM.

Where ?

Saint-Eustache Church
146 Rue Rambuteau
75001, Paris

Photo credit : © Léonard de Serres