Season 2001-2002

Concerts

Passions françaises
Friday 31 May 2002

Chaconnes et passacailles
Friday 5 April 2002

L’Allemagne classique
Friday 15 February 2002

Chez les Visitandines
Friday 16 November 2001

Beatles baroque
Friday 5 October 2001

Passions françaises

Friday 31 May 2002, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Karina Gauvin
Susie Napper

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Website
400, rue Saint-Paul Est [métro Champ-de-Mars], Vieux-Montréal, Québec

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Program

Cantatas by Clérambault, Campra, and Montéclair. Karina Gauvin, guest soprano.

The cantata began as a secular Italian genre. It was usually written for a single voice and consisted of alternating recitatives and arias. Both gallant and elegiac poems were sung as cantatas, as were dramatic love stories about the Gods. Cantatas became popular in Parisian salons at the end of the 17th century and amateurs began asking for them. The French master composers responded, adapting the Italian cantata to the shapes of the French language. Their cantates françoises are like short scenes from operas, written in a style that is both precious and touching.

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Chaconnes et passacailles

Friday 5 April 2002, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Susie Napper

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Website
400, rue Saint-Paul Est [métro Champ-de-Mars], Vieux-Montréal, Québec

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Program

Works by Purcell, Biber, Marcello and Marais.

During the Baroque era chaconnes and passacaglias evolved from modest beginnings into large-scale vocal and instrumental forms. Their common defining characteristic is a series of uninterrupted variations on a recurring motif in the bass line, one that can either be explicitly sounded or implied by the sequence of chords. With their noble ternary rhythms and the inexorable pulse of their ground bass, these forms are particularly appropriate for musical representations of perpetual motion or the immutable orbits of celestial spheres.

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L’Allemagne classique

Friday 15 February 2002, 20:00

Artists
David Sinclair
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Susie Napper

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Website
400, rue Saint-Paul Est [métro Champ-de-Mars], Vieux-Montréal, Québec

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Program

Trios and quartets with flute and double bass by Stamitz, Vanhal, and Haydn. With David Sinclair, doublebass.

As well as writing string quartets, the form par excellence of classical chamber music, German composers experimented during the 18th century with trios, quartets, and quintets for diverse combinations of instruments. For example, they would combine the timbres of winds with that of strings, and give to the sonorous voice of the double bass – a voice that sometimes sounds comic and at other times serious – a role demanding considerable virtuosity.

Chez les Visitandines

Friday 16 November 2001, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Hervé Niquet
Susie Napper

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Website
400, rue Saint-Paul Est [métro Champ-de-Mars], Vieux-Montréal, Québec

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Program

Reconstruction of a religious service performed during the 17th century in a French convent. With Hervé Niquet, organist and director.

The religious services conducted in the convents of Paris during the Grand Siècle mixed the mundane with the mystical. Works originally written for mixed choir were adapted to meet the requirements of performance in a convent (where the only voices were female, with a few accompanying instruments). Hervé Niquet has reconstructed one such office, used during Holy Week around 1695 at the convent of the Order of the Visitation of Saint Mary (the Visitandines) in Paris. The core of the work is the mass Super flumina Babylonis for six voices by François Cosset. Interspersed in the movements of this mass are petits motets by Lully, Lorenzani, and Charpentier.

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Beatles baroque

Friday 5 October 2001, 20:00

Artists
Eric Milnes
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Susie Napper

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours
Website
400, rue Saint-Paul Est [métro Champ-de-Mars], Vieux-Montréal, Québec

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Program

The best of the best British band ever, on baroque instruments.

The music of the Beatles on recorder, traverso, baroque oboe and violin, viol, and harpsichord? Why not. Come and hear, or rediscover, the most popular tunes of the Fab Four, and discover some of the lesser known of the hundreds of songs they wrote. Eric Milnes has arranged these tunes colorfully and skillfully for baroque instruments.

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