Ricercar Consort

The Ricercar Consort is a Belgian instrumental ensemble founded in 1980 together with the Ricercar record label[1] of Jérôme Lejeune.[2][3]

The founding members were violinist François Fernandez, organist Bernard Foccroulle, and viola da gamba player Philippe Pierlot.[4] The initial repertoire was focussed on the German Baroque, and the Consort was closely identified with the series Deutsche Barock Kantaten.[5] In recordings and concerts the Consort was joined by baroque specialist singers including; Greta De Reyghere, Agnès Mellon, countertenors Henri Ledroit and James Bowman, tenor Guy de Mey and bass Max van Egmond, as well as the cornett player Jean Tubéry.

The consort is associated with the Festival Bach en Vallée Mosane held in the valley of the Meuse.[6]


The consort has recorded over 50 discs.

On Ricercar:

  • Compilation: Deutsche Barock-Weihnacht 2CD.

On Mirare:


  1. Ricercar Archived 2010-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Emile Henceval Musique-musiques 1998: chronique de la vie musicale en Wallonie et à Bruxelles 1999 p95 "les 15 ans de Ricercar Bien ancrée dans le paysage wallon, créée par Jérôme Lejeune, pur Ardennais"
  3. André Lange Stratégies de la musique 1986 p298 "Dans ce champ restreint, le fondateur de la firme Ricercar, Jérôme Lejeune, a le profil classique d'un «héritier», au sens que Pierre Bourdieu donne à ce terme"
  4. Bach Cantatas page
  5. Alexander J. Morin Classical music: the listener's companion 2002 - 1201 pages Page 557
  6. Festival Bach en Vallée Mosane (French).
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