Les Voix humaines and Nigel North

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019 – 7:30 pm
Matsqui Centennial Auditorium
32315 South Fraser Way, Abbotsford

Les Voix humaines and Nigel North recorded the Dowland Lachrimae in 2017. It won
the Prix Opus 2018 (Opus Award) from the Conseil Québécois de la Musique for best
CD of the year in Early Music.

Les Voix humaines, Consort of Viols, is joined by Nigel North, lute, to bring a program
of early English music featuring John Dowland’s greatest work Lachrimae.


Les Voix humaines began as a viol duo consisting of Susie Napper and Margaret Little.
Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the
telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists!
They are renowned for their spectacular arrangements of a wide variety of music for two
viols, following in the baroque tradition of “covering” music originally composed for
other instruments and adapting it for viols.


In 2007 the duo was joined by Mélisande Corriveau and Felix Deak to form Les Voix
humaines Consort of Viols to take a refreshing look at the huge repertoire for multiple
viols.













As well as the grand English consort repertoire, Bach’s Art of Fugue and the Purcell
Fantasias, the Consort performs lesser known discoveries by Cima, Trabaci, Lupo,
Moulinier and Charpentier to which they bring years of experience and experimentation
as viol, recorder, fiddle and bass violinists!
The consort has toured in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States and
recorded Bach’s Art of Fugue, Purcell’s Fantasias, Dowland’s Lachrimae as well as their
own, unusual arrangement or Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni for equal viols: 4 Seasons, 4
viols.
Learn more… https://lesvoixhumaines.org/en/
For this performance of Dowland’s Lachrimae, Les Voix humaines is joined by a fifth
violist, Marie-Laurence Primeau. Besides playing the viola da gamba, Primeau is an
experienced recorder player and baroque dancer.
Learn more… http://flutealors.com/en/biographies/marie-laurence-primeau/
Completing the ensemble for this performance is Nigel North, distinguished British
lutenist. North is a teacher, scholar and author. He published what has become a standard
modern text on continuo playing on the lute and related instruments.
Learn more… http://www.nigelnorth.com

As well as the grand English consort repertoire, Bach’s Art of Fugue and the Purcell
Fantasias, the Consort performs lesser known discoveries by Cima, Trabaci, Lupo,
Moulinier and Charpentier to which they bring years of experience and experimentation
as viol, recorder, fiddle and bass violinists!
The consort has toured in Canada, Mexico, Europe, Scandinavia and the Baltic States and
recorded Bach’s Art of Fugue, Purcell’s Fantasias, Dowland’s Lachrimae as well as their
own, unusual arrangement or Vivaldi’s Quattro Stagioni for equal viols: 4 Seasons, 4
viols.
Learn more… https://lesvoixhumaines.org/en/
For this performance of Dowland’s Lachrimae, Les Voix humaines is joined by a fifth
violist, Marie-Laurence Primeau. Besides playing the viola da gamba, Primeau is an
experienced recorder player and baroque dancer.
Learn more… http://flutealors.com/en/biographies/marie-laurence-primeau/
Completing the ensemble for this performance is Nigel North, distinguished British
lutenist. North is a teacher, scholar and author. He published what has become a standard
modern text on continuo playing on the lute and related instruments.
Learn more… http://www.nigelnorth.com

Lachrimae by John Dowland

Lachrimae’s other name is much longer—Seaven teares figured in seaven passionate
pavans, with divers other pavans, galliards, and allemands, set forth for the lute, viols or
violons, in five parts. It is Dowland’s most famous work, consisting of seven pavans as
well as other dances which are dedicated to various individuals.
Learn more… https://lesvoixhumaines.org/en/lachrimae-john-dowland-2/

Stacey Brown

Montreal composer Stacey Brown has been commissioned by Les Voix humaines to
write a companion piece for the Lachrimae. Originally from Kamloops, Brown has
composed a work inspired by a Lachrimae pavan and a matching dance.






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