Founded in Lyon in 2009, Correspondances brings together under the direction of the harpsichordist and organist Sébastien Daucé a group of singers and instrumentalists, all of whom are specialists in the music of the Grand Siècle. In a few short years of existence, Correspondances has become a benchmark ensemble in the seventeenth-century French repertory. Placing itself under the auspices of Baudelaire’s notion of correspondences between the arts, it performs music whose sonorities can still directly touch today’s listeners while presenting staged productions of rarer and more original forms such as the oratorio and the ballet de cour.
The ensemble’s twin commitments to breathing new life into already well-known composers and restoring the image of figures less familiar today but celebrated and frequently performed in their own time has already yielded sixteen critically acclaimed recordings.
Correspondances is in residence at the théâtre de Caen. It is associate ensemble at the Louvre Museum and at the Théâtre de l’Aquarium at the Cartoucherie de Vincennes.
The ensemble Correspondances is supported by the Ministère de la Culture - DRAC Normandie, the Région Normandie, the Ville and the théâtre de Caen.
Fondation Société Générale C’est vous l’avenir is a major patron of Correspondances. The ensemble receives assistance from the Fondation Correspondances, under the aegis of the Fondation Bullukian, a group of music lovers who give active support to research into and publication and performance of the music of the seventeenth century. It also receives regular support from the Institut Français, the Odia Normandie and the Centre National de la Musique for its concerts and recordings.
The ensemble Correspondances is member of Arviva – Arts vivants, Arts durables, and gets involved in the environmental shift for performing arts. The ensemble is member of the FEVIS, the Profedim and the European Early Music Network.