“With their baroque and mythological image, that of a terrifying monster and a pyrotechnical figure, «Les Cyclopes» explore baroque vocal Art with a totally new approach. They cover this aboundind universe with strength and enthusiasm, precision and contrast, ranging from the intimacy of the harpsichord to theatrical exuberance.
Irrepressibly curious, Bibiane Lapointe and Thierry Maeder are dedicated to introduce unknowed masterpieces : J.A. Reincken, N. Lebègue, C.S. Binder, G. Leroux (diapason d’Or) .
«Les Cyclopes» have performed in Belgium, in Germany, in Italy and in America, and have been invited to festivals such as the Utrecht "Festival oude muziek" and the "Festival de Radio France à Montpellier", as well as to the Lanvellec Festival of Ancient Music, and to the festivals of Dieppe, Ambronay, Brescia and Montreux. Their recordings have all been acclaimed by international critics (Continuo-USA, Gramophone-GB, In tune-Japan, Ritmo-Spain) and have won numerous awards (Diapason d’Or, 10 de Répertoire, 5 diapasons, **** du Monde de la Musique).
Passionned by crossing of arts, «Les Cyclopes» work out a program of concerts each year in regard to the collection or the current exhibitions of the Fine Arts Museum of Caen. With famous choreographers, they are led to restore the eloquence and mystery of the baroque danse, notably using masks according to seventeenth century practice. In 1999, «Les Cyclopes» arranged and recorded excerpts of the music of Jean-Baptiste Moreau for Patricia Mazuy’s film Saint-Cyr. In 2004, as an echo to the celebrations of the 60th Anniversary of the Allied D-Day Landings in Normandy, an ambitious orchestral production by «Les Cyclopes» - involving concerts and a recording - focused on their rediscovery of C.S. Binder concertos unknown since the 18th Century. Also concerned by the poetical creation, they are part of literary events with Hisashi Okuyama and Michael Lonsdale.
In 2011, a CD devoted to Matthias Weckmann opens a cycle of recordings produced by Zig-Zag Territories. The idea is to lead listeners to rediscover vocal music of JS Bach's predecessors, mostly from north Germany, recreating the context wherein it was composed. For the first time vocal, instrumental and keyboard works will be gathered on a same record . «Les Cyclopes» seize the opportunity of their residence in Cherbourg-Octeville's National Stage in 2011 to create a scenic version of this music in order to give reading keys to get deeper into the music.
In january 2010 Bibiane Lapointe and Thierry Maeder have been made «Chevaliers dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres»”
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