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Track Listing:

Handel Concerto in Bb: Andante allegro
HandelConcerto in Bb: Larghetto
Handel Concerto in Bb: Allegro moderato
Boieldieu: Concerto for Harp in C major / Allegro
Boieldieu: Concerto for Harp in C major / Andante lento
Boieldieu: Concerto for Harp in C major / Rondeau - Allegro agitato
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major K. 299 / Allegro
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major K. 299 / Andantino
Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C major K. 299 / Rondeau. Allegro

Valerie Milot :

Handel - Boieldieu - Mozart

Accompanied by the talented ensemble Les Violons du Roy under Bernard Labadie's direction, young Quebec harpist Valérie Milot presents, on this new album, classics from the harp repertoire: HÄNDEL's Concerto in B flat major, BOIELDIEU's Concerto in C major and MOZART's Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra in C major, K.299.

It is with obvious artistic complicity that these talented Québec musicians present, on this album, a repertoire of great significance, and three important moments in the history of this fascinating musical instrument called the harp. Valérie Milot's very refined style is as impressive as her flawless technique and her powerful and colourful playing.

Wolfgang Amadeus MOZART wrote the Concerto for Flute, Harp and Orchestra K.299 while visiting Paris with his mother, where he was the composition professor for the Duc de Guînes' daughter. The Duc, a flutist, requested a piece that could be performed alongside his daughter, a harpist. This exquisite concerto was added to Mozart's catalogue, and is recorded here alongside incomparable flutist Claire Marchand.

True to himself, Georg Friedrich HÄNDEL took advantage of the harp's beautiful sounds in order to show off his own exceptional sense of colour and brilliance. Valérie Milot delivers here an outstanding performance of Handel's magnificent Concerto in B flat major (Opus 4, no. 6).

François-Adrien BOIELDIEU's Concerto in C major, a masterpiece of the harp repertoire, joins this trio of concertos with a refreshing, energetic and exhilarating first movement; a testament to the creativity of this composer whose reputation is largely based upon his operas.

This recording puts Valérie Milot's powerful and remarkable style on display, and through the energy and vitality of Les Violons du Roy, the harp finds a different voice.

Valérie Milot has garnered a long list of honours as a soloist and chamber musician: winner of the prestigious Prix d'Europe in 2008, crowned the Opus Awards Discovery of the Year, named Révélation Radio-Canada Musique for the year 2009-2010 (classical category)... The same year, she was awarded the Louis-Philippe-Poisson Performing Arts Award by the city of Trois-Rivières. She was named Young Soloist 2009 by the Public Francophone Radios. Valérie has also received the Prize for best interpretation of a contemporary work (performing Glenn Buhr's Tanzmusik) at the International Harp Competition of the Cité des Arts in Paris in November 2008. In 2013, she was awarded the Prix Trois-Rivières sans frontière for her influence on the national and international stages, where she has performed on numerous occasions (Geneva, Rio de Janeiro, Angers, etc.). Valérie Milot is an Artist-in-residence at the Conservatoire de musique de Trois-Rivières.

Brought together in 1984 by musical director Bernard Labadie, Les Violons du Roy is an ensemble with a core membership of fifteen musicians specializing in the vast repertoire of chamber orchestra music. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and 18th centuries. Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in the city of Québec, where it has made its permanent residence at Palais Moncalm since 2007. Les Violons du Roy is well known across North America, has given dozens of concerts in Europe, and has performed on numerous occasions in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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