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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.
1 Matthias Maute - Chaconne I  
2 Anonymous - Ciacona di Paradiso et dell'inferno  
3 Matthias Maute - Chaconne II  
4 Claudio Monteverdi - Chi vol che m'innamori  
5 Stefano Landi - Passacali della vita  
6 Matthias Maute - Chaconne III  
7 Vivaldi - Sonata La Follia, op. 1, no. 12  
8 Matthias Maute - Chaconne IV  
9 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
10 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
11 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
12 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
13 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
14 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
15 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
16 Anonymous - Czech Folk Songs  
17 Matthias Maute - Chaconne V  
18 Andrea Falconieri - Passacalle  
19 Matthias Maute - Chaconne VI  
20 Andrea Falconieri - La Folia  
21 Matthias Maute - Chaconne VII  
22 Bach - Chaconne, BWV 1004  
Ensemble Caprice - Mozart - 3 concertos, une vie

On Chaconne - Voices of Eternity, Ensemble Caprice gathers some of the most beautiful chaconnes and passacaglias from the hundreds of composed during the Baroque period. In the chaconne and the passacaglia, repetition of the same harmonic formula allowed for the representation of a notion of time that transcended that of day-to-day experience – in other words, eternity! As a geometrically variable group, Ensemble Caprice here draws on the talents of seven musicians playing period instruments, who are joined by organist Jean-Willy Kunz, sopranos Dawn Bailey and Jana Miller and mezzo-soprano Maude Brunet. In addition to the instrumental pieces judiciously selected from a vast repertoire, Matthias Maute (conductor and composer) has rearranged certain others for two recorders and bass, including Johann Sebastian Bach's famous Chaconne BWV 1004 for solo violin and Monteverdi's Chi vol che m'innamori (with its closing "Today we are light, and then tomorrow, shadow"). The album also contains hauntingly beautiful 16th-century Czech folksongs. Everything, in a program of heightened feeling, takes us to this indescribable notion of eternity.

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