Season 2007-2008

Concerts

Tutti col l’oboe
Thursday 24 April 2008

Apothéoses françaises
Sunday 10 February 2008

Apothéoses françaises
Thursday 7 February 2008

La Geniale
Thursday 18 October 2007

Artistic Director’s Note

Les Boréades have existed for 12 years now, and take great pleasure in the prospect of seeing you our dear and loyal public, once again. It’s true that the repertoire we take on is inexhaustible: it includes not only indisputable masterpieces, but also little-known works full of charming surprises. Our coming season will be distinguished, as always, by the diversity, audacity, and novelty, and by the high quality of the musicians who share with us their passion for music.

It begins with an Italian program, La Geniale, in which concertant music for strings by Scarlatti, Vivaldi, and Albinoni will have star billing. Then, in February, Apothéoses françaises will feature works by the two masters of French instrumental music at the end of the reign of Louis XIV, François Couperin and Marin Marais. For our third concert, Tutti col l’oboe, we will have the pleasure of welcoming the exceptional oboist Alfredo Bernardini, founder and member of the prestigious Zéfiro ensemble, in a varied program of sonatas and concertos. Finally, in our last concert, Molière en musique, the actors Sophie Faucher and Carl Béchard and a large cast of musicians will present selected scenes from Molière’s plays, to the music Lully and Charpentier wrote for these plays.

And next month, we’ll have the pleasure of offering to you our 15th recording: a CD of sonatas (or concertos) for recorder and strings by Allessandro Scarlatti, with your humble servant as soloist.

If we are so productive it is thanks to you, our kind audience, who support our activities and appreciate our work. In the name of all the members of the ensemble, I wish you an excellent evening, and a wonderful season with the Boréades!

Francis Colpron

Tutti col l’oboe

Thursday 24 April 2008, 20:00

Artists
Alfredo Bernardini
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: 20,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Quartet in F Mmajor by GP Telemann, Sonate da Camera op 5 no 6 by JG Janitsch, Sonata in B flat major by JF Fasch, and Sonata op 34 no 6 by JB Boismortier. Guest: Alfredo Bernardini.

Oboeist Alfredo Bernardini, a member of the prestigious ensemble Zefiro, joins Les Boréades in a varied program of sonatas and concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann, Boismortier, and Janitsch: music that is ideal for showing off the complicity that makes the best conversations between friends so agreeable.

This concert is being recorded by Espace Musique, the music station of Radio Canada (100.7 in Montreal) and will be broadcast at a later date.

Apothéoses françaises

Sunday 10 February 2008, 15:00

Artists
Francis Colpron

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

  • Regular: 25,00$
  • Senior: 20,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Trios by Marin Marais, and the Apothéoses (of Lully and of Corelli) by François Couperin.

At the end of the reign of Louis XIV and in the Regency period, composers wanted to reconcile, both in instrumental and in vocal music, the competing French and Italian schools, and thus end squabbles they considered sterile and, as Couperin put it, “make music perfect.” Couperin paid homage to the two figureheads, the muses of these two schools, by composing an Apothéose de Lully and an Apothéose de Corelli. These long and magnificent suites for trios, each provided with a dramatic program, are like the two parts of a major esthetic manifesto. But, despite their purpose, today they seem to us to be of purely French inspiration.

Apothéoses françaises

Thursday 7 February 2008, 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: 20,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

Trios by Marin Marais, and the Apothéoses (of Lully and of Corelli) by François Couperin.

At the end of the reign of Louis XIV and in the Regency period, composers wanted to reconcile, both in instrumental and in vocal music, the competing French and Italian schools, and thus end squabbles they considered sterile and, as Couperin put it, “make music perfect.” Couperin paid homage to the two figureheads, the muses of these two schools, by composing an Apothéose de Lully and an Apothéose de Corelli. These long and magnificent suites for trios, each provided with a dramatic program, are like the two parts of a major esthetic manifesto. But, despite their purpose, today they seem to us to be of purely French inspiration…

La Geniale

Thursday 18 October 2007, 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: 20,00$
  • Student: 12,00$

Program

The Sinfonie di concerto grosso for flute(s), oboe, strings, and basso continuo by Alessandro Scarlatti, and concertos by Vivaldi, Albinoni and Torelli.

After the success of their concert of Alessandro Scarlatti’s sonatas for flute and strings, Les Boréades now take on all of this composer’s Sinfonie di concerto grosso. In these works, which are among the very few instrumental works written by this master of vocal music, the flute and other winds engage in dialogue with the string ensemble. In this curiously named collection, which Scarlatti completed in 1715 but never published, his rigorously strict style coexists with a completely Neapolitan sensuality. The austerity of the 12th Sinfonia, entitled La Geniale, contrasts sharply with the charm that the other pieces in this collection radiate, but this piece is marked throughout by diversity and a very personal sense of instrumental color. Concertos by Antonio Vivaldi and Francesco Mancini complete the program.