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Canada 150: early music in Quebec

As part of Radio 3's Canada 150 celebration, Hannah French explores the vibrant early music scene in Montreal, introducing music from Les Voix Humaines and soprano Suzie Leblanc.

As part of Radio 3's Canada 150 celebrations, Hannah French explores the vibrant early music scene in Montreal. Period performance is thriving in Canada, intriguingly more so than in the USA. Hannah visits some of Montreal's prestigious early music venues and chats to some of the scene's biggest names in the lead-up to the 15th Montreal Baroque Festival. Featuring gamba player Susie Napper - artistic director of Les Voix Humaines; soprano Suzie Leblanc - founder and director of Le Nouvel Opéra; and vocal ensemble conductor Andrew McAnerney.

CANADA 150: a week of programmes from across Canada, marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of the nation and exploring the range and diversity of Canadian music and arts.

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Christoph Pez

    Concerto pastoral in F major - Aria I

    Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy. Conductor: Bernard Labadie.
    • ATMA : ACD 22742.
    • ATMA.
    • 20.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Alma Redemptoris Mater

    Ensemble: Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal. Director: Andrew Mcanerny.
    • ATMA : ACD2 2746.
    • ATMA.
    • 8.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 4 Christ Lag In Todesbanden Bwv.4 - Opening

    Orchestra: Montreal Baroque Orchestra. Director: Eric Milnes.
    • ATMA : ACD2 2406.
    • ATMA.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto In G Minor The Four Seasons - Summer - 3rd mvt.

    Music Arranger: Margaret Little. Ensemble: Les Voix humaines.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide - Passacaille (Excerpt)

    Ensemble: Mcgill Baroque. Director: Barthold Kuijken.
  • Tarquinio Merula

    Canzon decima settima La Monteverde

    Ensemble: Pallade Musica.
    • ATMA : ACD2 2697.
    • ATMA.
    • 6.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata In A Major K.323

    Performer: Luc Beauséjour.
    • ANALEKTA : FL2 3163.
    • 3.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rinaldo - Lascia ch'io pianga

    Singer: Suzette Leblanc. Orchestra: Arion Ensemble. Director: Stephen Stubbs.
    • ATMA : ACD2 2260.
    • ATMA.
    • 4.
  • Francesco Ballarotti

    Stelle Averse In Cielo Armatevi

    Performer: Elinor Frey. Performer: Lorenzo Ghielmi. Performer: Esteban La Rotta.
    • Passacaille : 1026.
    • Passacaille.
    • 12.


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