La Rentrée Baroque and Early Music

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The first half of the 2017-18 season offers an ample selection for Early and Baroque Music lovers. Here are our must-see concerts.

Arte Musica

Paul Agnew

Paul Agnew

The distinguished ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, in collaboration with the Club musical de Québec, will present Mantova, the second chapter of a trilogy devoted to the madrigals of Monteverdi. Conducted by Paul Agnew, the group will perform excerpts from Books IV, V, and VI, which embody the composer’s mature period. The ensemble will take the stage at Palais Montcalm on October 3, and at Bourgie Hall on October 4.

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Under its new musical director, Jonathan Cohen, the musicians of the Violons du Roy will present the quintessential works of Bach and Telemann, such as the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, on November 17 at Bourgie Hall. Audience will have the pleasure of listening to Vincent Lauzer (flute) and Mathieu Lussier (bassoon).

Dance will take the spotlight on November 7 at Bourgie Hall, as the Le poème harmonique ensemble, conducted by Vincent Dumestre, will interpret the vocal works of several Spanish and French composers, highlighting their music’s influence on the French ballets of the Baroque Era.

During the Father, Godfather and Son concert, the London Handel Players present the works of Telemann, J. S. Bach, and his son C. P. E. Bach, revealing the ties between these three Baroques composers, on November 29 at Bourgie Hall. Also hailing from England, the well-known choral ensemble, The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips, will interpret the motets of Heinrich Issac, Josquin des Prez, John Brown, and Thomas Crecquillon on December 5 at Bourgie Hall.

This season, the Arte Musica Foundation will continue their presentation of the complete sacred cantatas of J. S. Bach at Bourgie Hall. Four cantatas will be performed on September 24 by the soloists of the Trinity Wall Street Choir and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, conducted by Julian Wachner. On October 29, La Bande Montréal Baroque, conducted by Eric Milnes, will interpret the three next cantatas during a concert titled Cantates pour la Réforme. Up next will be the Theatre of Early Music, conducted by Daniel Taylor, who will perform on November 26. Rehearsals are open to the public and start 45 minutes before each concert.

On November 21 at Bourgie Hall, the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and its conductor Elisa Clitterla invite you to a free concert, J. S. Bach: The Circle of Creation, where excerpts from cantatas, sonatas, and suites will be interpreted. Actor Daniel Brière will join the ensemble as its narrator as the group explores the universe of the artisans (instrument makers, papermakers, and more) who collaborated with the composer.

Les Boréades

The dazzling instrumentals of the Les Boréades trio (Francis Colpron, conductor, recorder, and flute; Mélissandre Corriveau, viole de gamba; and Mark Edwards, harpsichord) will take centre stage on September 21 as they interpret the works of Farina, Pandolfi Mealli, Platti, Telemann, and Van Eyck at Bourgie Hall. Les Boréades will also put on Nicandro e Fileno, an opera by composer Paolo Lorenzani and directed by Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière on November 23 at the Monument-National.

Pro Musica

The Arpeggiata ensemble opens the 2017-18 season of the Société Pro Musica to the tune of traditional Mediterranean songs, on October 3 at the Church of Saint-Pierre-Apôtre. Soprano Céline Scheen and alto Vincenzo Capezzuto join the ensemble conducted by Christina Pluhar to present Meditaranneo, a concert which blends traditional music with the Baroque repertoire from the 17th century. The ensemble will return on October 4 with La lyra d’Orfeo, this time interpreting the works of Luigi Rossi with mezzo-soprano Giuseppina Bridelli.

Renaissance contemporaine and Ville-Marie en choeur

The Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal is offering a series of free shows through the TD Cultural Tuesdays at the Arsenal. The Renaissance contemporaine concert will take place on September 5 at the Arsenal as five singers and a lutenist interpret Renaissance pieces from Italy, France, and England. The next four concerts, titled Ville-Marie en chœur, portray colonization and the music which saw its beginnings. The program includes arias, madrigals, and songs which the colonists would have sung for dancing and celebrations. These concerts will be presented at the Place du Canada (September 6), Square Cabot (September 7 and 14), and Square Dorchester (September 12).


Conducted by Alexander Weimann, the Arion Baroque Orchestra will present a concert themed on La double vie d’Antonio Vivaldi with soloists Vincent Lauzer (recorder) and Meg Braggle (mezzo-soprano), from October 5 to 8 at Bourgie Hall. The orchestra will also participate at the Montreal Bach Festival, interpreting the works of Bach and Telemann. The voices of Hélène Brunet (soprano), Krisztina Szabo (alto), Philippe Gagné (tenor), and David McFerrin (bass) will grace our ears as they interpret pieces such as Bach’s Mass in A Major, on November 24 at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal.

Missa votiva

On November 15, the musicians of the Compagnie baroque Mont-Royal, conducted by John Guzik, launch their season at the Saint-Patrick Basilica with their interpretation of the festive Missa votive mass, sung in Latin, by Czech composer Jan Dismas Zelenka.

L’héritage de Corelli

The audacious Flûte Alors! quartet pays tribute to Corelli on October 21 at the Joseph-Rouleau Hall. Their program includes original arrangements from La Follia and the Concerti Grossi for recorder quartet, as well as other works from composers inspired by Corelli.

Translated by Isabel Garriga


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Arnaud G. Veydarier est actuellement étudiant en musicologie à l’Université de Montréal et nourrit un intérêt prononcé pour le jazz, la musique contemporaine et les liens entre musique et développement urbain. Il est pigiste pour La Scena Musicale depuis septembre 2017.

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