“It can be a safe bet that, at Les Violons du Roy concerts, we are all treated like kings.” – Classical Voice

Les Violons Du Roy

April 24, 2018, 7:30pm

CABELL HALL AUDITORIUM, UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Principal Underwriter: Vesta Lee Gordon

Principal Underwriter: Charlottesville Area Community Foundation


PROGRAM:

J.S. BACH :      Three Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651-660-655  [trans. B. Labadie] 
J.S. BACH :      Oboe d'amore Concerto in A Major, BWV 1055
J.S. BACH :      Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582  [arr. B. Labadie]
J.S. BACH :      Oboe and violin concerto in C minor, BWV 1060     
J.S. BACH :      Fantaisia in G major, BWV 572  [arr. B. Labadie]    
J.S. BACH :      Double Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043


 
 

Les Violons du Roy
Chamber orchestra

The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by founding conductor Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. 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; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra also regularly delves into the repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, as witnessed by its recordings of works by Piazzolla, Bartók, and Britten.

Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Québec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. Since 1997, it has also been an important part of Montreal's cultural scene. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Société Radio-Canada and the CBC and its regular presence at music festivals. Les Violons du Roy has given dozens of performances in Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States, among others in the company of such renowned soloists as Magdalena Kožená, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and Alexandre Tharaud, including two guest appearances at Amsterdam's Concertgebouw. A recent highlight in the ensemble's history was its acclaimed performance at the Berlin Philharmonie with Magdalena Kožená during its January 2014 European tour, which also included stops in London, Brussels, and Paris.

Since its first performance in Washington in 1995, Les Violons du Roy has extended its performance network in the United States and now makes regular stops in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The orchestra is heard frequently on NPR in the United States and is now represented by Opus 3 Artists. A recent high point was the performances in 2009 of Handel's Messiah and Bach's Christmas Oratorio with La Chapelle de Québec at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They returned to Carnegie Hall to present Bach's St. John's Passion in 2012 and Purcell's Dido and Aeneas in 2015. The concerts received very positive reviews, in particular from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. The orchestra also toured the United States in 2012 with flute player Emmanual Pahud, in 2013 with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and in 2015 with pianist Marc-André Hamelin.

The thirty-two recordings made by Les Violons du Roy have been acclaimed by critics and earned many distinctions and awards at the national and international levels. Of twelve CDs released by Dorian, two won Juno Awards (Apollo e Dafne (Handel) and Requiem (Mozart)). Since 2004, the association with the Québec label ATMA has led to twelve CDs, including Water Music, winner of a Félix Award in 2008; Piazzolla, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni and winner of a Juno Award in 2006; Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias with soprano Karina Gauvin released in 2014; La Cigale et Les Violons with Catherine Perrin, released in 2014; Vivaldi and Mozart, both conducted by Mathieu Lussier, released in 2016 and 2017. The group's first collaboration with the multinational Virgin Classics label led to the release in fall 2006 of a CD of cantata arias by Handel and Hasse with US mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux. Two other Virgin Classics released in 2011 feature C.P.E. Bach's cello concertos with the Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk and J.S. Bach's keyboard concertos with the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. A recording of opera arias by Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, and Graun with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux was launched in 2012, followed by a Hyperion recording of Haydn concertos with pianist Marc-André Hamelin in March 2013. Two recordings appeared in October 2013: one on Analekta with harpist Valérie Milot in works for harp and orchestra and the other produced together with Diane Dufresne. Alexandre Tharaud, Mozart, Haydn, Jeunehomme was released in September 2014 under the Erato label.
 

The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by founding conductor Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. 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; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra also regularly delves into the repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, as witnessed by its recordings of works by Piazzolla, Bartók, and Britten.

Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Québec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. Since 1997, it has also been an important part of Montreal’s cultural scene. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Société Radio-Canada and the CBC and its regular presence at music festivals. Les Violons du Roy has given dozens of performances in Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States, among others in the company of such renowned soloists as Magdalena Kožená, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and Alexandre Tharaud, including two guest appearances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. A recent highlight in the ensemble’s history was its acclaimed performance at the Berlin Philharmonie with Magdalena Kožená during its January 2014 European tour, which also included stops in London, Brussels, and Paris.

Since its first performance in Washington in 1995, Les Violons du Roy has extended its performance network in the United States and now makes regular stops in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The orchestra is heard frequently on NPR in the United States and is now represented by Opus 3 Artists. A recent high point was the performances in 2009 of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with La Chapelle de Québec at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They returned to Carnegie Hall to present Bach’s St. John’s Passion in 2012 and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2015. The concerts received very positive reviews, in particular from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. The orchestra also toured the United States in 2012 with flute player Emmanual Pahud, in 2013 with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, and in 2015 with pianist Marc-André Hamelin.

The thirty-one recordings made by Les Violons du Roy have been acclaimed by critics and earned many distinctions and awards at the national and international levels. Of twelve CDs released by Dorian, two won Juno Awards (Apollo e Dafne (Handel) and Requiem (Mozart)). Since 2004, the association with the Québec label ATMA has led to eleven CDs, including Water Music, winner of a Félix Award in 2008; Piazzolla, conducted by Jean-Marie Zeitouni and winner of a Juno Award in 2006; Mozart, Opera and Concert Arias with soprano Karina Gauvin released in March 2014; La Cigale et Les Violons with Catherine Perrin, released in September 2014; and Vivaldi, conducted by Mathieu Lussier, released in March 2016. The group’s first collaboration with the multinational Virgin Classics label led to the release in fall 2006 of a CD of cantata arias by Handel and Hasse with US mezzo-soprano Vivica Genaux. Two other Virgin Classics released in 2011 feature C.P.E. Bach’s cello concertos with the Norwegian cellist Truls Mørk and J.S. Bach’s keyboard concertos with the French pianist Alexandre Tharaud. A recording of opera arias by Mozart, Haydn, Gluck, and Graun with contralto Marie-Nicole Lemieux was launched in 2012, followed by a Hyperion recording of Haydn concertos with pianist Marc-André Hamelin in March 2013. Two recordings appeared in October 2013: one on Analekta with harpist Valérie Milot in works for harp and orchestra and the other produced together with Diane Dufresne. Alexandre Tharaud, Mozart, Haydn, Jeunehomme was released in September 2014 under the Erato label.

 

BERNARD LABADIE
Conductor

Bernard Labadie, an internationally recognized expert on 17th and 18th century repertoire, is the founding conductor of Les Violons du Roy, established in 1984, and the music director of La Chapelle de Québec, which he founded in 1985. He directs both ensembles during their regular seasons in Quebec City and Montreal, as well as on tour throughout the Americas and Europe. Together, they have performed on the world's greatest stages, including New York's Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center in Washington, Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, London's Barbican, the Berliner Philharmonie, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, and the festivals of Salzburg and Bergen.

His services as guest conductor are much sought after, and he regularly accepts engagements with major North American orchestras including the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic orchestras, the Chicago, Saint Louis, San Francisco, and Toronto symphonies, the Cleveland and Minnesota orchestras, the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, and Ottawa's National Arts Centre Orchestra. In Europe, he has taken the podium with Amsterdam's Concertgebouw, the Bavarian Radio Symphony, the Cologne, Hanover and Freiburg Radio Symphony orchestras, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Newcastle's Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Norwegian and Swedish Chamber orchestras, and Barcelona's Gran Teatre del Liceu. He is regularly invited to conduct the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in Australia. And he will soon make his debut with the Vienna Chamber Orchestra, New York's Orchestra of St. Luke's, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Frankfurt and Berlin Radio Symphony orchestras, the Lyon National Orchestra, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

Bernard Labadie has also been very involved in opera, serving as artistic director of the Opéra de Québec (1994-2003) and the Opéra de Montréal (2002-2006). As guest conductor he has directed at the Metropolitan Opera in New York as well as the Santa Fe, Cincinnati and Glimmerglass operas. January 2017 saw him lead the Canadian Opera Company in Toronto for the first time.

Increasingly in demand among period-instrument orchestras, he regularly directs the Academy of Ancient Music and has worked with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the English Concert, Boston's Handel and Haydn Society, the Collegium Vocale Gent Orchestra, and the Arion Baroque Orchestra. Next season he is set to conduct Akamus, the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

As director of Les Violons du Roy or as guest conductor, Bernard Labadie has made some twenty recordings for the Erato (formerly Virgin Classics), EMI, Dorian, ATMA, Hyperion and Naïve labels.

A leading ambassador for music in his native city of Quebec, Bernard Labadie was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005 and a Knight of the Ordre National du Québec in 2006. In 2008 he received the Banff Centre's National Arts Award for his contribution to developing the arts in Canada, and also an honorary doctorate from Laval University. In 2016 Labadie received the Samuel de Champlain award in Paris, and was made a Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec in recognition of all he has done for the arts in Québec society. In 2017 he was appointed principal conductor of New York's Orchestra of St. Luke's. His four-year term begins with the 2018-2019 season.