Season 2005-2006

Concerts

Bach à l’orchestre
Thursday 4 May 2006

Haydn intime
Thursday 30 March 2006

A Musical Offering
Tuesday 29 November 2005

Al Rovescio
Thursday 10 November 2005

Harmonious Consort
Thursday 29 September 2005

Bach à l’orchestre

Thursday 4 May 2006, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

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

  • Regular: 25,00$
  • Senior: 18,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Overture No 2, Sinfonias, and Concertos

Especially when compared to that of his friend Telemann, Bach’s orchestral output was relatively small. It comprises four overtures for orchestra, and a little more than 20 concertos for various instruments written for the court of Prince Leopold at Cöthen, and for the public concerts of the Collegium Musicum of Leipzig. This is probably only part of what he actually produced. The beautiful sinfonias with which several cantatas begin probably come from lost works, which today are being ingeniously reconstituted.

Haydn intime

Thursday 30 March 2006, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Marc Destrubé

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

  • Regular: 25,00$
  • Senior: 18,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Trios and quartets by Joseph Haydn, with Marc Destrubé, violin

That classical chamber music owes everything to Joseph Haydn might appear to be an exaggerated claim, but in the era of the style gallant, which saw the gradual abandonment of the basso continuo and of the compositional principals of the baroque, it was Haydn who, alone and throughout his life, successfully and steadfastly developed the string quartet. Within this structure he developed a rigorous form, invented beautiful melodies, and wittily and gracefully found a perfect balance between intelligence and feeling.

A Musical Offering

Tuesday 29 November 2005, 17:30

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

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

  • Regular: 25,00$
  • Senior: 18,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Johann Sebastian Bach’s masterpiece. In collaboration with the Montreal Bach Festival

In 1747, at the invitation of Frederick II, “Old Bach” visited Berlin and Potsdam. At Sans-Souci, the flutist king tested the Cantor’s extraordinary talents by proposing a theme and challenging Bach to improvise fugues on it, first in three voices, and then in six voices. Bach declined the latter challenge, stating that the theme was inappropriate. But after returning to Leipzig he composed A Musical Offering for Frederick in which he explored all the contrapuntal possibilities of the royal theme and included, as the king had requested, a fugue in six voices, one of the most beautiful ever written.

Al Rovescio

Thursday 10 November 2005, 20:00

Artists
Alexander Weimann
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

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

  • Regular: 25,00$
  • Senior: 18,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Baroque and contemporary Italian music for recorders and traverso, with Francis Colpron

This recital by Francis Colpron will consist of modern music and of works from the Italian baroque. Contrary to custom, the 20th-century works will be played before those of the 18th and 17th centuries – hence the concert’s title, which means “back to front.” In the first part of the concert you will hear some extraordinary recent compositions for solo recorder; the second part will be devoted to sonatas by Geminiani, and Veracini for traverse flute and basso continuo and the virtuoso recorder will return in a third part, to be heard this time in brilliant compositions by Fontana, Cima, Palestrina and Ruffo. He will play with Mélisande Corriveau on baroque cello and Alexander Weimann on harpsichord.

Harmonious Consort

Thursday 29 September 2005, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Laura Pudwell

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

  • Regular: 25,00$
  • Senior: 18,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

17th-century English music for voice and consorts of flutes and viols, withLaura Pudwell, soprano

Throughout its history, England has been relatively isolated and, for this reason, its music has been quite distinctive. Seventeenth-century English music was distinguished by its refined melancholy, but it did not shrink from occasionally expressing a popular kind of earthiness. This contrasting palette will be illustrated by lively dances and variations put together by Holborne and Brade, side by side with fantasies and ayres by Tallis, Byrd, and Ferrabosco, in which the voice blends with the fragile and expressive sonority of the viol.