The film "La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc", directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer (1928), is regarded as a milestone of early cinema. The theatre actress Renée Jeanne Falconetti as Jeanne plays a film role for only the second (and last) time. Her performance would be celebrated as one of the greatest in film history. The film was originally planned with musical score but, due to financial problems, these plans never came to fruition. Pianist and composer Philip Mayers, of the Sheridan Ensemble, has put together a film score from a mixture of the vocal music of Josquin (approx. 1440/55 - 1521) and music of his own composition, which underscores the dramatic and tragic events of the young Jeanne in her final days in deeply moving fashion.
"La Passion de Jeanne d'Arc"
The final days of Jeanne d'Arc based on contemporary witness accounts
Performed here by
Soloists of the RIAS-Kammerchor: Stephanie Petitlaurent, soprano; Susanne Langner, contralto; Volker Nietzke, tenor; Andrew Redmond, bass
Members of the Sheridan Ensemble: Gergely Márk Bodoky, flute; Anna Carewe, violoncello; Oli Bott, vibraphone
Speaker: Christian Steyer
Conducted by Philip Mayers
Four vocal soloists S-A-T-B, flute, vibraphone, cello, speaker and conductor