While Rubens was painting masterpieces in his studio, just round the corner the Duartes were playing music. In this family of Portuguese-Jewish origin, music was the order of the day, and anyone who received an invitation to a concert at the Duarte’s home could consider themselves fortunate. Gaspar Duarte and his children sang and played not only their own compositions, but also those of their broader circle of composer friends. The house concert that the Transports Publics ensemble has reconstructed for this recording includes works by Leonora Duarte, John Bull, Salomone Rossi, Frescobaldi and Huygens…


Pendant que Rubens peint ses chefs-d’oeuvre dans son atelier anversois, la famille Duarte, installée dans une rue voisine, joue de la musique. Cette famille d’origine juive-portugaise ne vit que pour la musique. Une invitation à un concert au domicile des Duarte a valeur de privilège. Gaspar, le père, et ses enfants y chantent et jouent non seulement leur propres compositions, mais aussi celles de leur large cercle de compositeurs amis. Le concert à domicile reconstitué par l’ensemble Transports Publics réunit notamment des compositions de Leonora Duarte, John Bull, Salomone Rossi, Frescobaldi et Huygens.

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