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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.
Ensemble Caprice

Vivaldi: The Return Of The Angels

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1 I. Coro: Arma, caedes, vindictae  
2 II. Coro: O quam vaga  
3 III. Aria: Armatae, face  
4 IV. Coro: Mundi rector  
5 V. Coro: Plena nectare non mero  
6 VI. Aria: Si fulgida  
7 VII. Coro: Salve, invicta Juditha  
8 I. Allegro assai  
9 II. Largo  
10 III. Allegro  
11 Laudate Dominum (Psaume / Psalm 116)  
12 Recitativo: O figlie di Sionne  
13 Coro: Misera Madre  
14 In exitu Israel (Psalm 113)  
15 I. Aria: O qui coeli terraeque serenitas (Allegro)  
16 II. Recitativo Fac ut sordescat tellus  
17 III. Aria: Rosa quae moritur (Largo)  
18 IV. Alleluia (Allegro)  
19 I. Allegro  
20 II. Grave  
21 III. Allegro  
22 Gloria, RV 588  
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. With The Return of the Angels, it offers once more a multifaceted musical portrait of Antonio Vivaldi, from the composer's description of war to his musical depiction of the joys of peace. "Following our first recording of Vivaldi's sacred music (Gloria! Vivaldi and his Angels), we return to Vivaldi's Venice and find ourselves yet again within the confines of the Ospedale della Pieta orphanage where, beginning in 1703, the Red Priest not only taught the orphan girls violin and singing, but also composed many of his most dazzling concertos as well as a substantial part of his highly inspired corpus of sacred music," explains Mathias Maute.

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