Season 2014-2015

Concerts

THE MUSICAL OFFERING
Thursday 23 October 2014, 19:30

MOZART AND THE VOICE
Saturday 22 November 2014, 19:30

CONCERT AT SANSSOUCI
Thursday 12 March 2015, 19:30

AL ROVESCIO Concert Bénéfice
Tuesday 26 May 2015, 19:30

Artistic Director’s Note

In this, Les Boréades’ 19th season, we will continue playing for you some of the inexhaustible repertoire of Baroque and Classical music. We know that our concerts, always lively, will delight you and satisfy your need for beautiful music.

This year we present once again a work to which one never tires of listening: The Musical Offering, a profound and fascinating masterpiece by Bach. It was in response to an invitation from Frederic II, King of Prussia, a music lover and flutist, that Bach wrote this work. We thought it would be fitting, therefore, to recreate a concert at Frederick’s palace, Sanssouci, with a program of the quite galant music of the time.

A last-minute hitch has led us to replace Haydn’s little puppet operaPhilémon et Baucis by a concert of arias and duos by Mozart and his friends, which will be performed by the same line-up of singers and instruments as planned for the Haydn.

The last concert of the season will presents, in parallel, both recorder music of our day and some pre-Romantic German sonatas for traverso.

Francis Colpron

THE MUSICAL OFFERING

Thursday 23 October 2014, 19:30

Artists
Eric Milnes
Francis Colpron
Mélisande Corriveau
Olivier Brault
Tanya LaPerrière

Salle de concert du Conservatoire
Salle de concert du Conservatoire, 4750, avenue Henri-Julien Montréal (Québec) H2T 2C8

  • Regular: 35,00$
  • Senior: 30,25$
  • 30 and younger: 18,75$

Program
A masterpiece by Johann Sebastian Bach
5 instrumentalists

In 1747, old Bach visited Berlin and Potsdam at the invitation of Frederick II of Prussia. At Sansouci, his summer palace, the king, who was an excellent flutist, set a challenge for the Cantor’s extraordinary talents. He gave Bach a theme, and asked him to improvise a three-voice fugue on it, and then one in six voices. Bach declined to meet the latter challenge on the spot, declaring the theme inappropriate for such treatment. But once he had returned to Leipzig, he composed for Frederick The Musical Offering, a set of pieces exploring all the contrapuntal potential of the royal theme and including, as requested, a six-voice fugue, one of the most beautiful ever written.

MOZART AND THE VOICE

Saturday 22 November 2014, 19:30

Artists
Francis Colpron
Hélène Brunet
Olivier Brault
Philippe Gagné

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

  • Regular: 35,00$
  • Senior: 30,25$
  • 30 and younger: 18,75$

Program
Opera arias for tenor and soprano voices
Hélène Brunet, soprano, Philippe Gagné, tenor and 7 instrumentalists

With its rich inspiration, melodic beauty, and dramatic expression, Mozart’s vocal art transcended its roots in the Italian bel canto style of his day; and in the great operas of his maturity, he attained rarely matched psychological truth. This concert presents a selection, spanning the composer’s entire career, of his beautiful arias for soprano and tenor, with the chamber ensemble playing deftly adapted versions of the original orchestral accompaniments.

CONCERT AT SANSSOUCI

Thursday 12 March 2015, 19:30

Artists
Anne Thivierge
Eric Milnes
Francis Colpron
Mélisande Corriveau
Olivier Brault

Salle Bourgie
Pavillon Claire et Marc Bourgie Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal 1339, rue Sherbrooke Ouest

  • Regular: 35,00$
  • Senior: 30,25$
  • 30 and younger: 18,75$

Program
Frederick II, Joachim Quantz, Franz Benda, and CPE Bach
5 instrumentalists

Of the several monarchs whose courting of the Muses has been recorded in history, there is no question that the most talented and prolific was Frederick II, who acceded to the throne of Prussia in 1742 and became known as Frederick the Great. As well as leaving some hundred or so sonatas and several concertos for the transverse flute, the instrument from which he was inseparable, he dedicated a major part of his life to music. As well as Joachim Quantz, his teacher, he employed numerous other noteworthy musicians, including the Graun brothers, the Benda brothers, and Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. At the beginning of his reign he had an opera house constructed in Berlin. At his Potsdam palace he received a visit from Johann Sebastian Bach who, after this meeting, composed The Musical Offering. What Frederick was particularly fond of, however, was the galant style which, with its refined and delicately expressive melodies, was a far cry from the contrapuntal complexities of the great Cantor.

AL ROVESCIO Benefit Concert

Tuesday 26 May 2015, 19:30

Artists
Anne Thivierge
Eric Milnes
Francis Colpron
Mélisande Corriveau

Le Gesù
1202, Rue de Bleury, Montréal, QC H3B 3J3 tél:(514) 861-4378

  • Regular: 35,00$
  • Senior: 30,25$
  • 30 and younger: 18,75$

Program
Benefit concert ($100/ticket including the cocktail)
Baroque and contemporary music with Francis Colpron on recorders, Anne Thivierge on traverse and Mélisande Corriveau on pardessus de viole
5 instrumentalists

In this recital, Les Boréades presents both contemporary works and rarely heard music from the Baroque era. Contrary to convention, the 21st century will precede the 18th and hence the title of the concert — al rovescio, Italian for backwards! In the first half of the concert we will hear extraordinary recent compositions for solo recorder, while the second half will be dedicated to sonatas by Platti, Dollé, and Ruffo for traverso, pardessus de viole and recorder accompanied on harpsichord by Eric Milnes.