Sunday, June 26, 2016
A Full Day at the Montreal Baroque Festival
Photos: June 24, 2016
The Montreal Baroque Festival got off to a delightful start on Thursday evening. The theme of this year's festival is Tempest in a Teapot or Tempête dans un Verre d'Eau. After each of the "Main Concerts" a taste of tea is served in a glass.
(Photo from June 23)
All concerts feature stormy titles and many notes! And many are in unusual spaces.
So many concerts, I had to pace myself. The festival is like a musical marathon - many concerts over a 3 1/2 day span in a great variety of venues. Pictured above is Sonate 1704 - a spectacular concert featuring the soprano Jacinthe Thibault, a singer I had not heard before. I was very impressed.
Spanish violinist, Lina Tur Bonet, is here for a series of three concerts featuring the solo violin sonatas and partitas. The acoustics in this part of Marché Bonsecours are surprisingly good. And the music - always of top quality.
Susie Napper, the founder of the festival now shares direction with Matthias Maute. Friday's concert at Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours featured Ensemble Caprice with a very interesting programme of a blend of Baroque music and Métis music.
Ensemble Caprice was joined by the Métis Fiddler Quartet. The music was, at times lively, at times fluffy and at times very moving. We live in a time when we are finally valuing the history, philosophy and lives of the native people's of Canada. The Métis are a mix of aboriginal and European (mostly French) and their songs need to be shared and valued.
After the concert the music spilled into the street as the Métis Fiddler Quartet continued the music outdoors.
The day did not finish there...
The last concert of the evening was held in the crypt of the church - a dark and intimate setting. Ensemble La Chamaille and Autour de la Flûte joined forces to present sonatas by Boismortier for five flutes. It was a very mellow end to the day.
All the flutes were made by Boaz Berney, including the bass baroque flute which he, himself played.
The mouthpiece has to be curved as otherwise it would be too long for the player to reach the embouchure.
A very full day!