Saturday, June 25, 2011
Festival Montréal Baroque
Each year the Montreal Baroque Festival astonishes and delights audiences with its originality, variety of concerts and, of course, with the fantastic music. This year's theme, The Seven Deadly Sins, features music by composers with unsavoury backgrounds (Forqueray who was known for his excessively unpleasant temperament, Gesualdo who murdered his wife and her lover, Rosenmuller who went after the young male singers in his charge...) as well as music which in one way or another portrays one or more of the sins.
Susie Napper, the director of the festival and creative force behind it opened the festival with a bite of the apple, a sin which may have sent people out of the garden of eden - but, in my opinion, into a garden of earthly delights!
Le Ballet Royal de L'impatience (music by Lully), was last performed at the court of Louis XIV in 1661. We were treated to a splendid and comic rendition featuring the choreography of Marie-Nathalie Lacoursière and the dancers of Les Jardins Chorégraphiques. Singing, instrumental interludes, dancing - a real feast which featured many of the deadly sins.