France has always maintained a special relationship with its past and its heroes. Bonnard, the guest of honour at the Musée d'Orsay this season, rediscovers the ties with Poussin and Le Lorrain. Music is no exception, and it is with this passion that composers in the late 19th and early 20th century opened up a dialogue with their predecessors. D'Indy and Saint-Saëns acted as the passionate publishers of Rameau while Gounod, Massenet and Ravel indulged in the delights of pastiche with skill. The past was constantly being rediscovered.
This cycle compares Baroque works and pieces from the 19th and early 20th century, respectively played on the appropriate instruments.