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Johann Christian Bac (1642 - 1703)
- Lamento Ach, dass ich wassers gnug hätte
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
- Erbarme dich, excerpt from St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Heinrich Ignaz von Biber (1644 - 1704)
- O dulcis Jesu
-Passacaglia (from the Rosary Sonatas)
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637 - 1707)
- Klaglied BuxWV 76
Johann Jakob Froberger 1616 - 1667)
- Toccata II from his 1649 work
- Ricercar I from his 1656 work
Johann Heinrich Schelmzer (1623 - 1680)
- Serenata a cinque
- Lamento Sopra la morte Ferdinand III

Ever since the Renaissance, the lament has fought its way between vocal and instrumental music. It is a lament to death: not his, that of another loved one, a profane or religious lament... The lament conveys a feeling of melancholy and sadness flirting with the indescribable...

Café Zimmermann welcomes countertenor Damien Guillon, an old accomplice, to sing a programme of 17th and 18th century laments, bringing to the forefront both instruments and voice for a journey into German land. Throughout the seasons countertenor Damien Guillon has established himself as one of the best singers of baroque music. As a soloist famous for his musical talents and his pure and radiant tone of voice, he is frequently invited to perform under the direction of renowned conductors. A recording of this programme by Alpha Classics will come out at the beginning of the year 2020.

  • A programme full of emotions and contemplations brightened by Damien Guillon's voice!

Damien Guillon

Damien Guillon begins his musical knowledge in 1989 at the Maîtrise de Bretagne supervised by Jean-Michel Noël. He receives a full music education from his youngest age and quickly sings as solo soprano in many baroque oratorios as well as at the Rennes Opera in The Magic Flute by Mozart.

Currently, his vocal and musical qualities earned him invitations to perform with many famous conductors. His repertoire ranges from songs of the English Renaissance to Baroque oratorios. In 2009 he founded his own ensemble Le Banquet Céleste.


Damien Guillon, countertenor
7 musicians - 2 violins, 2 violas, cello, double bass, organ

© B de Diesbach