Chan Centre for the Performing Arts
Artists: Ensemble Caprice conducted by Matthias Maute
Eternal Source of Light Divine was George Frideric Handel’s first and only court ode and one of his earliest attempts to win the hearts of English listeners with radiant music in their own language. Blessed are they that Considereth the Poor was Handel’s last anthem and a celebration of everyday charity rather than royal power. This concert brings together these two bookends of Handel’s career in England to frame a collection of the composer’s most beloved melodies from the worlds of opera, orchestral, chamber and keyboard music. The programme shows why Handel’s own work has come down to us as an “eternal source” of musical delight, and is complemented by a sparkling setting of the Magnificat by Handel’s contemporary, Johann David Heinichen.
This concert is generously sponsored by Sharon Kahn and Barrie MacFadden
There will be a pre-concert talk with Matthias Maute hosted by Bill Richardson at 7 p.m.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Ode for the anniversary of the Queen Anne Eternal Source of Light Divine HWV 74
Aria amoroso (from trio sonata HWV 386b)
J.D. Heinichen (1683-1729)
George Frideric Handel
Concerto grosso op.3, No,3 HWV 314
Lascia ch’io piange (from Rinaldo HWV 7)
Variations on The Harmonious Blacksmith HWV 430
Ombra mai fu (from Serse HWV 40)
Anthem for the Foundling Hospital Blessed are they that considereth the poor HWV 268
Since it was founded by flautist Matthias Maute three decades ago, Ensemble Caprice has made its mark as one of the most sought-after ensembles on the classical music scene. Caprice has gained a solid reputation for its innovative programming and vibrant, compelling performances.The musicians of Ensemble Caprice have travelled to the four corners of the globe, giving performances in dozens of countries on four continents. It has been featured at many prestigious festivals around the world including the Lufthansa Festival of Baroque Music in London, the Felicia Blumental International Music Festival in Tel Aviv, Musikfestspiele Potsdam Sanssouci in Germany, the Boston Early Music Festival, Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Elora Festival and the International Festival Domaine Forget. This impressive roadmap bears witness to the fact that Caprice is recognised as being one of today’s leading baroque ensembles.Besides its international tours, the group performs a regular Montreal concert series in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts’ Bourgie Hall.Ensemble Caprice also has a flourishing recording career, with some twenty recordings on the Analecta, ATMA Classique and Antes labels, sold in nearly 50 countries. These recordings have received numerous critical distinctions, including a Juno Award and four Prix Opus awards to name only two of many.
Matthias Maute, conductor
Maestro Maute concertizes as a member of the New York based ensemble REBEL in North America and Europe. He has been invited to perform as guest soloist or conductor by the world’s most eminent baroque orchestras, including: Seattle Baroque, the Portland Baroque Orchestra, the Cleveland Baroque Orchestra, and the Magnificat Baroque Ensemble. In recent years he has also been invited to conduct other renowned orchestras, including I Musici de Montreal and Symphony of Nova Scotia. Mr. Maute is celebrated for his work as artistic director and conductor of Ensemble Caprice and tours extensively with the ensemble, being regularly invited to take part in prestigious festivals around the globe.
Under his direction, Ensemble Caprice was granted an esteemed JUNO award in 2009 for best vocal/choral classical music album of the year. His compositions are highly regarded and have been published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck, and Carus. He has some thirty recordings to his credit on the Analekta, Vanguard Clasics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and ATMA Classique labels. Maestro Maute teaches at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music and at the Faculty of Music of the Université de Montréal.