Paul O’Dette plays his superb Secret of the Muses programme on a 10-course lute in the North Breton Lanvellec Festival and at the Clos-Lucé Château in Amboise. The repertoire comes mainly from Lord Herbert of Cherbury’s Lute Book, preserved in the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, and which contains 242 pieces by the leading English, French and Italian lute composers of the time, including John Dowland, Daniel Bachelar, Robert Johnson, Jacques Gautier, Jacob Polonois, Diomedes Cato and Lorenzino di Roma. The manuscript is extraordinary not only for the exceptional quality of its contents and the large number of pieces not found in any other source, but also for its variety of styles including music from all over Europe.
29th September, Chapelle Notre-Dame de la Clarté, Perros-Guirec, 6 pm
30th September, Château du Clos-Lucé, Amboise, 3.30 pm