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Ensemble Caprice: Bio

Under the artistic direction of Matthias Maute and Sophie Lariviere, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. For 20 years Ensemble Caprice has received national and international acclaim for their performances of early music.
 
The ensemble gives concerts in Europe and is regularly invited to participate in such early music festivals as those in Bruges in Belgium, Utrecht in the Netherlands, and in Germany at the Regensburg Early Music Festival, the Handel Festival in Halle and the Recorder Festival in Stockstadt. On this continent Caprice has given concerts in the USA in New York City at the Frick Collection and the Miller Theatre, and also at the Boston Early Music Festival and in Washington at the Library of Congress. They have also toured in Israel and Taiwan.
 
In November 2009 the New York Times featured them in a lengthy article, praising them as "imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is top-flight".
 
In Canada, Ensemble Caprice is invited to perform at musical events such as the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival and the Domaine Forget's International Festival.
 
Ensemble Caprice's CD, Gloria! Vivaldi's Angels, on the Analekta label, won Canada's prestigious 2009 JUNO award. The ensemble's CD Telemann and the Gypsies is recommended by Gramophone. Also the ensemble's CD Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies (Analekta) was nominated for a 2009 Echo Klassik award in Germany in two categories: Ensemble/Orchestra of the Year and Classics Without Borders. 2011 will see the return to disk of Vivaldi's Angels in a brand new recording on the Analekta label.
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Bach: Brandenburg Conc. & Shostakovich: Preludes

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1 Shostakovich: Fugue Op. 87, #7
2 Bach: Concerto #1, BWV 1046: I. Allegro
3 Bach: Concerto #1, BWV 1046: II. Adagio
4 Bach: Concerto #1, BWV 1046: III. Allegro
5 Bach: Concerto #1, BWV 1046: IV. Menuetto
6 Shostakovich: Prelude Op. 87, No. 18
7 Bach: Concerto #2, BWV 1047: I. Allegro
8 Bach: Concerto #2, BWV 1047: II. Andante
9 Bach: Concerto #2, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
10 Shostakovich: Prelude Op. 87, No. 4
11 Bach: Concerto #3, BWV 1048: I. Allegro
12 Bach: Concerto #3, BWV 1048: II. Adagio
13 Bach: Concerto #3, BWV 1048: III. Allegro
14 Shostakovich: Prelude Op. 87, #5
15 Bach: Concerto #4, BWV 1049: I. Allegro
16 Bach: Concerto #4, BWV 1049: II. Andante
17 Bach: Concerto #4, BWV 1049: III. Presto
18 Shostakovich: Prelude Op. 87, #2
19 Bach: Concerto #5, BWV 1050: I. Allegro
20 Bach: Concerto #5, BWV 1050: II. Affettuoso
21 Bach: Concerto #5, BWV 1050: III. Allegro
22 Shostakovich: Prelude Op. 87, #11
23 Bach: Concerto #6, BWV 1051: I. Allegro
24 Bach: Concerto#6, BWV1051: II. Adagio ma non tanto
25 Bach: Concerto #6, BWV 1051: III. Allegro
26 Shostakovich: Prelude Op. 87, No. 7
Ensemble Caprice - Mozart - 3 concertos, une vie

Winner of one Juno and three Prix Opus from Conseil quebecois de la musique, notably "performer of the year" in 2010, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. The New York Times even called it "a group that encourages listeners to rehear the world." This new recording of the Ensemble combines Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Brandenburg Concertos, composed between 1712 and 1721, with a few preludes and one fugue by Dmitri Shostakovich, as arranged by music director Matthias Maute.

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