|Les Voix humaines with Charles Daniels|
Perchance to Dreame: Songs and Dances from 17th Century England
Preconcert Lectures at 7 PM
$25 General / $22 Members & Seniors / $5 Students
For nearly four decades, Les Voix humaines has been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances on stage and on their many recordings of early music. In their newest program, Susie Napper and Margaret Little are joined by lutenist Sylvain Bergeron and acclaimed tenor Charles Daniels (The King’s Consort) to perform songs and dances from 17th-century England.
The brothers Lawes and their colleague, Christopher Simpson, were on the cutting edge of England’s musical life in the first half of the 17th century. Paradise was lost when Charles I was executed in 1649, leaving a drab stage to the Puritans and a musical moratorium. After a decade, Charles II (the Merry Monarch), returned from Europe bringing a new musical dream to the Fairest Isle. The stage was set for Henry Purcell and a new golden age of English music.
“It was easy to fall in love with Les Voix humaines...In their hands, these sonorous antiques (viols) become conduits for a wide range of moods and emotions.” — St-Paul Pioneer Press
“Margaret Little's sensitive playing and Susie Napper's lively expressiveness brought out the poetic nature of this music, which leaves ample room for interpretation and creativity. Like two voices caught up in a love duet, the viols rose and fell in unison, in tune with the other's every move.” — l’Indépendant.com (France)
"The two gambists interpret this music (Sainte-Colombe) with a sincerity that takes your breath away. Absolutely everything is here: the discourse, the dialogue, the intelligent musical direction, the transmission of spine-tingling emotion.” — Pizzicato (Luxembourg)