Musical Delicacies

— Early Music Concert Series —

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French Advent

French motets and carols from the time of the Sun King, performed by teachers at JAMU’s Department of Organ and Historical Interpretation, and their friends.

Friday 16 December 2016 19:30 — Basilica of the Assumption, Mendlovo náměstí 1, 603 00 Brno, Czech Republic.Wheelchair accessible


Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643 – 1704) Ouverture   (H. 483)
André Campra (1660 – 1744) Quemadmodum desiderat (Ps. 41)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Praeludium   (H. 416)
André Campra Salve Regina (Pour la Sainte Vierge)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Praeludium   (H. 414)
André Campra Jubilate Deo (Ps. 99)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Simphonie   (H. 483)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Noëls pour les instruments   (H. 534/2–6)
(Ou s’en vont ces guays bergers — Une jeune pucelle — A la venue de Noël — Or nous dites Marie — Joseph est bien marié)
André Campra Confitemini Domino (Pour la Sainte Vierge; Ps. 104)
André Campra Sub tuum praesidium (Pour la Sainte Vierge)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Symphonie   (H. 482)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier Noëls pour les instruments   (H. 531/1–3, H. 534/1)
(O Createur — Laissez paistre vos bestes — Les Bourgeois de Chastre)
André Campra Ave Regina

►►►  Song texts.

About the programme

Miniature: Louis XIV praying in the royal chapel of 1682. Louis XIV praying in the royal chapel of 1682.

After last year’s successful concert with the programme Christmas in Versailles, this year’s follow-up concert brings a new cast and a new selection of music, again focussed on France of the baroque period. It is this year’s only advent concert in the Basilica in Old Brno and at the same time a presentation of the recently formed Department of Organ and Historical Interpretation of the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno. The performers are teachers at the department and their colleagues.

This festive concert brings the atmosphere of Advent and Christmas in France during the reigns of Louis XIV, the “Sun King”, and his grandson Louis XV. The court of both rulers resided in Versailles, where a brisk building activity also affected the royal chapel. It shifted gradually from place to place, its fifth and last version (whose dimensions and decoration far surpass our conception of the word “chapel”) is what we can admire today. The court composers wrote sacred music for this great and solemn space for various occasions, such as weddings, baptisms and funerals, or a solemn Mass to mark the royal birthday or state visits. Probably the most famous melody that sounded in this place is Lully’s Te Deum of 1677, one of his grands motets.

Central in today’s programme of chamber music are the impressive and virtuosic sacred motets for solo voice by André Campra. Contrasting with them are the French folk tunes which M.-A. Charpentier used in his Messe de Minuit pour Noël, here arranged for a singer and chamber ensemble.

André Campra (1660–1744) is probably the most remarkable French composer between Lully (Jean-Baptiste Lully, 1632–1687) and Rameau (Jean-Philippe Rameau, 1683–1764). Campra was himself a cleric and therefore the depth of his liturgical songs is not surprising. He is best known, however, as author of French operas and ballets (L’Europe Galante).

Photo: Pavla Flámová

Pavla Flámová

Pavla Flámová, a native of Ostrava, has devoted herself to singing since childhood. She studied classical singing at the Janáček Conservatory in Ostrava with Eva Dřízgová Jirušová. In the last years at the Conservatory she started studying at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University in Brno, graduating in 2011 as Master of Laws.

During her studies at the Conservatory, Pavla became interested in the stylistic interpretation of Early Music. In 2009 she participated in the Summer School of Early Music in Valtice, where she established a cooperation with the singing teacher Jiří Kotouč and later with Jana Semerádová and Alena Hönigová. In 2013, Pavla was accepted to study at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. She studied singing with Evelyn Tubb and Gerd Türk, stylistic interpretation with David Blunden, improvisation with Rudolf Lutz, attended masterclasses with the Italian alto Sara Mingardo, the British soprano Emma Kirkby, the conductor Alessandro de Marchi and the countertenor Andreas Scholl. She completed her studies in 2016.

Photo: Pavla Flámová as participant in the masterclass Art of the Song directed by Evelyn Tubb (right); at the harpsichord Barbara Maria Willi.
Janáček Academy in Brno, 27 November 2012.

Her achievements include being a finalist of the international Handel Singing Competition in London in 2016, where she was awarded the Selma D and Leon Fishbach Memorial Prize. She also achieved success in other competitions, and in 2012 she won the prize for Stylistic Interpretation in the Ad Honorem Mozart competition in Prague.

Pavla currently lives in Basel and focuses on concert activities, among others in Switzerland, Germany, England and Hungary. She works with various ensembles, conductors and organists, such as Andrea Marcon and Laurence Cummings. In the Czech Republic Pavla has performed with the Janáček Philharmonic Ostrava, with Orchestra Berg, ensemble Collegium Marianum, the organist Jaroslav Tůma and many others.

Photo: 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 until 2010, 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.

Today she lives in the Czech Republic and performs regularly throughout Europe. She appears in mostly chamber and solo projects with artists such as Jan Čižmář, Karel Fleischlinger, Joel Frederiksen, Martin Jakubíček, Petr Kolař, Ján Krigovský, Marcin Świątkiewicz, Marc Vonau, Petr Wagner, and with the ensembles {oh!} Orkiestra Historyczna and Plaisirs de Musique, of which she is a founding member. She is also artistic 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.

Photo: Michaela Ambrosi

Michaela Ambrosi

Michaela Ambrosi is a flute, traverso and recorder player, music teacher and researcher. She graduated from Prague Conservatory (Jakub Kydlíček), the Charles University in Prague (Jana Semerádová) and the Royal Conservatory in The Hague (Wilbert Hazelzet, Kate Clark). Michaela also attended the Conservatorio “Evaristo Felice Dall’Abaco” in Verona (Marcello Gatti) within the Erasmus programme, and took private lessons in London (Lisa Beznosiuk). Michaela has consulted her playing with a large number of world-renowned musicians from Europe, America, Japan and Australia. During her relatively short musical career she has performed with the finest European baroque orchestras. Amongst her recent successes is an invitation to collaborate with the European Union Baroque Orchestra (EUBO) as a first traverso player for season 2016/2017.

In addition to her active concert career, Michaela teaches recorder at the Brno Conservatory and historical flutes at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno, where she is also working on her doctoral dissertation.

Petr Wagner

Photo: Petr Wagner

Born in Prague, Petr Wagner studied cello at the Prague Conservatoire with Josef Chuchro. This was followed by studies in musicology at the Charles University in Prague and at the Royal Holloway University of London. There he was introduced to viola da gamba by Richard Boothby, later continuing with Jaap ter Linden at the Akademie für alte Musik Dresden. He completed his studies of viola da gamba with Wieland Kuijken at the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague.

As a soloist, chamber and continuo player, Petr has appeared at numerous European festivals, such as Queen Elizabeth Hall/Southbank Early Music Series London, Festival Île-de-France, Festival Art et Spiritualité (Troyes/France), Mexico City Shakespearean Festival, Prague Spring, Festival Mitte Europa, Forum Musicum Wrocław and Concentus Moraviae. He performed with leading musicians, for instance Jacques Ogg, Andrew Parrott, Konrad Junghänel, Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen, Shalev Ad-El, Wilbert Hazelzet and Philip Pickett, and with the New London Consort, Capella Cracoviensis, Musicians of the Globe, Concerto Palatino, Orfeo Orchestra, Collegium 1704, Solamente naturali, Musica Florea and others.

In 1998 Petr Wagner founded Ensemble Tourbillon which focuses on 17th and 18th century repertoire, with music by Couperin, Bach, Marais, Rebel, Purcell, Finger, Fischer and Händel.

Petr Wagner has recorded solo CDs that have won enthusiastic reviews and reception worldwide. His recordings of Pièces de Viole by Charles Dollé and the complete works for viola da gamba by Gottfried Finger are considered some of the most important gamba recordings worldwide. In 2011, Petr Wagner’s world premiere recording of Pièces de Viole by Roland Marais was released by ACCENT label and has immediately received very warm acceptance (Choc du mois / CLASSICA, Diapason etc). In 2013, a new CD Gottfried Finger: The Complete Music for Viola da Gamba Solo with Petr and his Ensemble Tourbillon was released by ACCENT.

Petr taught viola da gamba at the Music Academy in Wrocław; he currently teaches, among other places, at the Academy of Ancient Music in Brno.

Photo: Barbara Maria Willi

Barbara Maria Willi

Barbara Maria Willi studied harpsichord in Freiburg and Strasbourg, followed by post-graduate studies of performance practice, harpsichord and fortepiano with Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 1995 she won the “Prix d’encouragement – special mention” award in the International Harpsichord Competition in Bruges. She is currently professor at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno and Head of the newly created Department of Organ and historical interpretation (KVHI).

As a harpsichordist and pianoforte player, she performs with renowned artists such as Sergio Azzolini, Martina Janková, Jana Boušková, Doron Sherwin and Jos van Immerseel. She has performed at major venues, for instance the Rudolfinum in Prague, the Opera House in Zürich, the Concertgebouw in Utrecht, and the Konzerthaus in Vienna. Together with the famous British violinist John Holloway and lutenist Nigel North, she recorded newly discovered sonatas by J. H. Schmelzer from the music collection in Kromeříž (Kremsier). This recording was awarded the prize of the German Music Critics and made headlines in the USA.

In 2000, she realised a Händel project with the mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená and the countertenor Thierry Grégoire at the Concentus Moraviae festival. The TV broadcast of this project won the prestigious Golden Prague 2000 prize. Another major music critics prize, the French “Choc du monde de musique”, was awarded to a record “Salve Mater„ with Schola Gregoriana Pragensis and the leading Belgian vocal ensemble Capilla Flamenca.

In 2005, she was jury member at the International Harpsichord Competition within the Prague Spring festival. In Brno, she founded “Barbara Maria Willi presents”, a successful concert series with Early Music. She is also guest artistic director of the international music festival Concentus Moraviae.

Photo: 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, and is the artistic leader of the ensemble Plaisirs de Musique.

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 (JAMU) 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. It takes place with financial support from the Statutory City of Brno.

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