Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

YouTube video.

Le Jardin des Plaisirs

In the Garden of Pleasure, an intimate drama unfolds before the audience, the story of a forbidden love between an English lady and a French knight.

Sunday 4 September 2016 15:00 — Greenhouse (Wheelchair accessible) , Floral Garden (Libosad), ulice Generála Svobody, 767 01 Kroměříž, Czech Republic.

Plaisirs de Musique (CZ):


— Cabinet scene —
Joseph Chabanceau de la Barre (1633 – 1678)Si c’est un bien que l’espérance   (Airs à deux parties, avec les seconds couplets en diminution, Paris, 1669)
(Rondeau sur le mouvement de la Chacone)
Henry VIII (1491 – 1547)My Mistress and my friend   (from a letter to Anne Boleyn)
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
(Text: John Dryden, 1631 – 1700)
Ah! how sweet it is to love   (from the play Tyrannick Love, or the Royal Martyr, Z. 613/2)
Pierre Corneille (1606 – 1684)Mon cher fils   (from the play Le Cid, act 1, scene 5)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704)
(Text: Pierre Corneille, 1606 – 1684)
Percé jusques au fond du coeur   (Airs sur les stances du Cid, H. 457)
Père, maîtresse, honneur, amour   (ibid., H. 458)
Que je sens de rudes combats   (ibid., H. 459)
AnonymusWrite no more to me, Heloise   (“Letters of Abelard and Heloise”, London, Dean & Munday, 1815, Letter VI)
John Eccles (1668 – 1735)I burn, my brain consumes to ashes
John Dowland (1562 – 1626)Flow my teares   (The Second Booke of Songs or Ayres, London, 1600)
— Garden scene —
Gottfried Finger (1660 Olomouc – 1730 Mannheim)Sonata secunda   (Six sonatas or solos, London 1699, RI 105)
Jean-Baptiste Drouart de Bousset (1662 – 1725)
(arr. Jacques Hotteterre, 1674 – 1763)
Pourquoy doux Rossignol
André Campra (1660 – 1744)Que vous m’offrez d’attraits, agréables retraites?   (from the cantata Les Plaisirs de la Campagne)
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
(Text: Thomas Shadwell, c. 1642 – 1692)
Dear pretty youth   (from the play The Tempest or The Enchanted Island, Z. 631)
William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)My lips, two blushing pilgrims, ready stand   (from the play Romeo and Juliet, act 1, scene 5)
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)Now the maids and the men   (from the play Fairy Queen, Z. 629/22)
(Dialogue between Coridon and Mopsa)
Henry Purcell (1659 – 1695)
(Text: Abraham Cowley, 1618 – 1667)
She loves, and she confesses too   (from the play The Mistress, Z. 413)
(a song upon a ground)
Henry Lawes (1595 – 1662)A Dialogue on a Kiss   (The treasury of musick, 1669)

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About the programme

Two separated lovers, the French Chevalier de Tourville and his beloved Lady Lavinia Hawthorn from England, are tormented by ubiquitous war and their family duties. For several years they communicate with each other through letters, their love still burning so strongly that it becomes an eyesore for the father of the young count. His parents’ wishes and his impending military duty force the young count to resign his affections and never see his beloved again. The beautiful and cunning Lady Lavinia does not resolve to this fate and makes the decision to travel to France alone. Her arrival is accompanied by the amourous song of the nightingale, and after spending a few days in his castle, she finds her lover asleep in the garden. Will love triumph over duty? Will their families agree to their union? Will the kiss they have longed for so much in secret ever come?

Musically the programme is a free choice of the most suitable songs and texts from the pens of English and French authors of the late 17th and early 18th centuries (the story is set in 1697). Occasional deviations (such as Flow my teares from 1600) are inspired only by the desire to enrich the programme with the most appropriate emotion.

Plaisirs de Musique

Plaisirs de Musique is an ensemble that specializes in authentic performance of music from older periods on period instruments. Under the artistic direction of Jan Čižmář it interprets music from the 15th to the 19th century. Its members are leading European professional musicians specializing in early music. Projects which the ensemble performs are partly purely musical, but they also include cooperation on realisations of opera, recitals with singers, actors and dancers.

Laila Cathleen Neuman

Laila Cathleen Neuman started her studies in the Netherlands with Christa Pfeiler and Susanna Waleson, before studying with Margaret Hayward at the G. Verdi conservatory in Milan, where she completed her bachelors cum laude. After this she studied with Breda Zakotnik and Barbara Bonney at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, where she obtained her master’s degree in Lied and Oratorio with honors. She participated in masterclasses with Dalton Baldwin, Max van Egmond, Johannette Zomer, Trevor Pinnock, and Angelika Kirschlager.

She has taken a special interest in baroque music, baroque dance and the art of historic gesture, for which she has been working with Margit Legler en Reinhold Kubik. She sang her debut as Second woman in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and sang the leading role in Il Parnaso Confuso by Gluck, in Salzburg, Vienna, Aarhus and Kopenhagen. Recent international activities include collaboration with Ensemble Esprit, Ensemble La Silva, Het Philadelphus Ensemble (members of the Concertgebouw Orchestra), Convivio d’Arte and with Jan Čižmář (theorbo and lute) in the Netherlands, Austria, Germany and Italy.

Foto: Jean-Sébastien Beauvais

Jean-Sébastien Beauvais

Jean-Sébastien Beauvais started singing as a boy soprano in the Childrens’ Choir of the Cathedral of Monaco. He is a graduate from the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles and holds a Masters in Classical Singing from Conservatorium van Amsterdam with Valerie Guillorit and Claron Mac Fadden, and from the Dutch National Opera Academy, directed by Alexander Oliver.

Singer, organist and conductor, his vocal repertoire extends from Baroque oratorio and opera to Contemporary music. He performs in prestigious venues such as Concertgebouw (Amsterdam), Theatre des Champs Elysée (Paris), Toulouse les Orgues (France), Utrecht’s Early Music festival (The Netherlands). He is frequently invited to perform as a guest soloist with international ensembles and orchestras including the Helsinki Baroque Orchestra (Aapo Häkkinen), The Netherlands Bach Society (Jos van Veldhoven), Opera Fuoco (David Stern), Currende (Paul van Nevel), Le Concert Spirituel (Hervé Niquet), le Poême Harmonique (Vincent Dumestre) and Esmera Duo with the Latvian organist Una Cintina specialized in New Music.

He is conductor of the Uranie Chamber Ensemble – La chambre d’Uranie specialized in French and German early music repertoire, and music director of the London-based company Opera in Space.

Foto: Marta Kratochvílová

Marta Kratochvílová

Marta Kratochvílová studied flute at the Conservatory in Pardubice and then at the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts in Brno. In 2000 began her studies in France at the Conservatoire National de Région de Strasbourg, where she specialized in baroque and renaissance flute with Jean-François Alizon and Nancy Hadden, and chamber music with Martin Gester and Patrick Blanc. She has participated in masterclasses and workshops by prominent figures such as Paul McCreesh, Barthold Kuijken, Jan Latham-Koenig and Sir Neville Marriner. In France she played baroque and renaissance flute extensively in the ensembles Le Parlement de Musique Strasbourg, Bohemia duo and NotaBene. She also performed renaissance workshops (Ferrara, Munich, Stuttgart, Basel) with a consort of traverso players from Strasbourg.

Since 2010 she lives in the Czech Republic while performing regularly throughout Europe. In chamber and solo projects she cooperates closely with artists such as Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau and Petr Wagner. She is also leader of the renaissance flute consort Tourdion.

As a teacher with many years of experience she is invited to presentations and masterclasses throughout Europe; she teaches also privately baroque and renaissance traverso playing and interpretation.

Foto: Robert Smith

Robert Smith

Robert Smith is an English baroque cellist and viola da gambist. In 2012 he won the Bach-Abel Viola da Gamba Competition in Köthen, taking the 1st Prize, Audience Prize and Special Prize. His performance of a heavy-metal transcription was especially noted. Robert’s ensemble, Fantasticus, has received wide critical acclaim for its recent recordings of stylus fantasticus and French baroque music. In 2013 his playing was described by The Strad as “Intensely expresive, highly dramatic.” In 2014 Robert released his first solo recording of music for viola da gamba, Tickle the Minikin. The recording received many enthusiastic reviews and was BBC Music Magazine’s Instrumental Choice in August 2014. Robert lives in Amsterdam.

Robert studied Viola de Gamba with Mieneke van der Velden (Amsterdam) and Paolo Pandolfo (Basel). He also studied baroque cello with Wouter Möller, Jaap ter Linden and Viola da Hoog. He was principal cellist for the European Union Baroque Orchestra in 2005–2006. Robert plays with the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and the ensemble Fantasticus, amongst many others. In ensembles he recieved several prizes in the Bruges Musica Antiqua Competition and the Van Wassenaer Competition (Amsterdam).

Foto: Jan Čižmář

Jan Čižmář

Jan Čižmář is a versatile performer focusing on historical plucked instruments. He performs regularly in Europe, Asia and the USA with ensembles such as Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Capella Cracoviensis, and under conductors such as Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, Giovanni Antonini, Yannick Nézet–Séguin and Christina Pluhar. He appears also as soloist with of baroque and renaissance repertoire.

After graduation in guitar and musicology in his native Brno he studied at the Royal College of Music in London, where he began playing the lute in the class of Jakob Lindberg. He continued his studies at the Royal Conservatory of The Hague with the teachers Nigel North, Joachim Held, Mike Fentross and Christina Pluhar.

He was the founder and editor of the Czech guitar magazine Kytara and contributes regularly to other musical periodicals. He is also intensely involved with publishing and research activities in the field of early music.

Jan Čižmář taught lute and related instruments at the Karol Szymanowski Academy of Music in Katowice in Poland; currently he is teaching at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and at the Academy of Ancient Music at Masaryk University in Brno. He regularly gives courses and masterclasses in Europe and overseas.

Thank you

The concert enjoys the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic, Mgr. Daniel Herman.

The concert is part of the Hortus Magicus festival.

We thank Pavla Váňová for the poetic translations of the texts.

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