Season 2008-2009

Concerts

Musiques des plats pays
Thursday 16 April 2009

Back to Bach – O Liebe Seele
Sunday 1 February 2009

Vivaldi Furioso
Friday 19 December 2008

2008 Benefit Gala – Beatles Baroque
Thursday 20 November 2008

Molière en musique
Wednesday 17 September 2008

Artistic Director’s Note

This year, the ensemble Les Boréades celebrate its 13th birthday! We do not fear bad luck, though, for we have your support, and we are confident that the diversity of concerts we plan in the coming year will please you. There will be theatre, vocal virtuosity, a collaboration with the choral forces of the Studio de musique ancienne, and a concert on a quite original theme.

Unexpected circumstances prevented us from presenting Molière en musique last year, as planned, but it will be the opening show of the coming season. A collaboration with Sophie Faucher and Carl Béchard, it will consist of selected scenes from plays by Molière with music written for them by Lully and Charpentier. Vivaldi is always popular, and his vocal music always seductive, particularly when performed by Karina Gauvin, the exceptional artist who will join us once again for a concert entitled Vivaldi furioso. In O liebe Seele, we join forces with the Studio de musique ancienne for a concert of selected cantatas by Bach. Finally, in Bestiaire des plats pays (A Netherlands Bestiary), a recorder quartet will explore the ways in which composers from Flanders and Holland have described, in the past and in the present, the lives of our friends the animals.

It is thanks to the encouragement of our dear, faithful, and appreciative audience that we are so imaginative! In the name of our entire team I wish you an enjoyable season with Les Boréades.

Francis Colpron

Musiques des plats pays

Thursday 16 April 2009, 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: 27,00$
  • Senior: 22,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Program

A co-production with the Ensemble Caprice – Music of Flanders and the Netherlands for Recorder Quartet – 4 musicians

Works of the Renaissance (Ockeghem, Obrecht and Clemens non Papa), of the 17th century (Schuyt, Sweelinck, Padbrue, Hacquart), and of today (Chiel Meijering, Dick Koomans)

The highest form of art, according to the Ancients, is that which strives, above all, to imitate nature. Imitation allows one to appropriate and in some ways tame the real. It is, in a sense, a way of revealing the beauty of the world. Musicians take their musical ideas from many sources of sound. They seek to describe natural phenomena, such as murmuring waves, wind, storm, thunder, and tempest; to imitate the songs, barks, twitters, and characteristic sounds that animals make; or describe the way animal bodies move.

Back to Bach – O Liebe Seele

Sunday 1 February 2009, 19:30

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

Église Saint-Irénée
3044, rue Delisle (@ Atwater) [métro Lionel-Groulx], Montréal, Québec

  • Regular: 0,00$
  • Senior: 0,00$

Program

A co-production with the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal – Cantatas by Bach – 12 musicians and 8 singers

To explore Bach’s cantatas, which Gérard Zwang described as “the Himalayas of music,” is a never-failing pleasure. Les Boréades join the voices of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal to present the Cantatas Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben, BWV 8 and Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 180, as well as the beautiful sinfonias that open cantatas BWV 42 and 209. This music, naturally, features the recorder and the traverso.

Vivaldi Furioso

Friday 19 December 2008, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Karina Gauvin

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

  • Regular: 27,00$
  • Senior: 22,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Program

With Karina Gauvin, soprano – Vocal and instrumental works by Antonio Vivaldi – 9 musicians

Today, as we have become more and more familiar with Vivaldi’s vocal music, we can claim that it is just as good as the great violinist’s instrumental music. The vast body of work for a very diverse range of musical forces that the Red Priest has left us includes cantatas and motets for solo voice accompanied by a few strings. What characterizes these vocal works is a warm, colorful, agile, and expressive virtuosity. Tartini criticized Vivaldi’s vocal writing, saying that “a throat is not the neck of a violin.” Karina Gauvin, with her exceptional voice, will surely prove him wrong…

2008 Benefit Gala – Beatles Baroque

Thursday 20 November 2008, 18:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe

Centre Mont-Royal
Website
1000, rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, Québec

  • Regular: 0,00$
  • Senior: 0,00$

Program

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Molière en musique

Wednesday 17 September 2008, 20:00

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Plouffe
Sophie Faucher

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

  • Regular: 27,00$
  • Senior: 22,00$
  • Student: 10,00$

Program

Selected scenes from Molière’s plays and music by Lully and Charpentier – With the collaboration of the actors Sophie Faucher and Carl Béchard – 11 musicians

We often forget that in more than half of the plays of Molière, music that is more or less connected with the plot has an important role. For almost 10 years, Molière worked closely with Jean-Baptiste Lully, Louis XIV’s favorite musician, to devise amusements for the Sun King. Les deux Baptiste, as Madame de Sévigné called them (for they both had Baptiste as one of their names), produced several masterpieces of high comedy, and then invented the comédie-ballet, a kind of total art theatre. In Le Bourgeois gentilhomme, their greatest success, they wove extremely varied music into the dramatic structure. After Lully abandoned Molière in order to direct the Académie royale de Musique and to create French opera, the playwright, two years before his death, collaborated on Le Malade imaginaire with a young musician who had just come from Italy: Marc-Antoine Charpentier.