— Early Music Concert Series —
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.
Thursday 3 August 2017 19:30 — Old Townhall (Crystal hall), Radnická 8, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic.
Plaisirs de Musique (CZ):
|Gottfried Finger (1660 Olomouc – 1730 Mannheim)||Sonata secunda
(Six sonatas or solos, London, 1699, RI 105)|
Ciaconna (Dix Sonates, op. 3, Amsterdam, s. d., Sonata X, RI 110)
|— 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)|
|Gottfried Finger (1660 – 1730)||Love alone can here alarm us (from the play The Anatomist or the Sham Doctor, 1696; RT 15.2)|
|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)
|Anonymus||Write 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 —|
|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)
|Edmond Rostand (1868 – 1918)||Qui donc m’appelle? (from the play Cyrano de Bergerac, act 3, scene 6)|
|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)|
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Marek Mokoš graduated in opera direction at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (JAMU) in Brno, as well as in acting and opera singing at the Conservatory in Bratislava. During his studies he completed an internship at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival and at the Ludwik Solski Academy for the Dramatic Arts in Kraków. He directed numerous operas including Pimpinone (Telemann), Don Giovanni (Mozart), L’impresario in angustie (Cimarosa), L’isola disabitata (Haydn), Orfeo ed Euridice (Gluck), stage performances of Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Haydn’s Seven Last Words of Christ. As a co-director of the project VCHOD (Research Center for Musical-Operatic Theatre, under JAMU), he staged the operas Opportunity makes the thief (Rossini) and The Kiss (Smetana). As assistant director, he had the opportunity to work with David Radok at the National Theatre in Brno on the production of the opera The Makropulos Case (Janáček), and he assisted with the opera Romeo and Juliet (Gounoud) at the Slovak National Theatre. He also collaborated with Ensemble Opera Diversa and Wartberg Collegium.
The concert enjoys the auspices of the Minister of Culture of the Czech Republic Mgr. Daniel Herman, the Governor of the South Moravian Region JUDr. Bohumil Šimek and the Mayor of the Statutory City Brno Ing. Petr Vokřál.
It takes place with financial support from the Statutory City of Brno.
We thank Pavla Váňová for the poetic translations of the texts.