Christ Church Cathedral
Artists: Augusta McKay Lodge & Sophie de Bardonneche, violins; Hanna Salzenstein, cello; Justin Taylor, harpsichord
Le Consort, a leading baroque chamber ensemble co-directed by harpsichordist Justin Taylor and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte, is making its North American debut. The group’s mission is to bring together compelling musical personalities in the service of chamber music from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. For this concert, the acclaimed ensemble will introduce you to unjustly neglected Baroque masters such as Dandrieu, Merula, Guignon and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, and more! These inquisitive musicians passionately seek, perform, and record exceptional works by overlooked composers, delighting audiences with the thrill of new discoveries. In this program, you will encounter virtuosic Italians, melancholic Brits, elegant French, and one of the first women to make a career as a composer!
This concert is generously sponsored by Mark De Silva
There will be a pre-concert talk with members of Le Consort hosted by Sylvia L’Ecuyer at 7 p.m.
Andrea Falconieri (1585–1656)
Follas echa para mi Señora Doña Tarolilla de Carallenos
Jean-François Dandrieu (c.1682–1738)
Trio sonata in D Major opus 1 No 2
Nicola Matteis Junior (fl. c.1650 –1737)
Preludio in C solfaut – Andamento Sarabanda amorosa – Bore
Heinrich Biber (1644–1704)
Passacaglia for solo violin
Giorgio Gentili (1669–1737)
Trio Sonata in A Major op 1 No 1
Tarquinio Merula (1595–1665)
Marco Uccellini (1603–1680)
Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre (1665–1729)
Sonate no 1 in G minor
Jean-Pierre Guignon (1702–1774)
Variations sur les sauvages
François Couperin (1668–1733)
Premier Prélude de l’Art de toucher le clavecin
Pancrace Royer (1703–1755)
Marche des Scythes
Giovanni Battista Reali (1681–1751)
“La Follia” Op.1 no 12
Founded in 2016, Le Consort, is a leading baroque chamber ensemble co-directed by harpsichordist Justin Taylor and violinist Théotime Langlois de Swarte. Comprised of four musicians they interpret the trio sonata repertoire with enthusiasm, sincerity, and modernity - bringing together compelling musical personalities in the service of chamber music from the repertoire of the 17th and 18th centuries. From Corelli to Vivaldi, from Purcell to Couperin, the dialogue between the two violins and the basso continuo displays a wealth of contrasts between vocality, sensuality and virtuosity. Le Consort takes this genre, the quintessence of baroque chamber music, and interprets it with a personal, dynamic, and colorful language. In 2017 they claimed First Prize and the Audience Prize at the Loire Valley International Early Music Competition, chaired by William Christie. Their recordings have earned numerous awards and extensive critical acclaim. In the 2023-24 season, Le Consort makes its North American debut with concerts in cities across the continent. The ensemble has performed extensively throughout Europe including; the Louvre Auditorium (Paris), the Dijon Opera, the Arsenal (Metz), Antwerp de Singel (Belgium); the Pau Casals Foundation (Spain); and at the Misteria Paschalia Festival in Krakow (Poland). They have also been featured on numerous broadcasts. Le Consort is in residence at the Banque de France, the Singer-Polignac Foundation, and the Abbaye de Royaumont.
Augusta McKay Lodge
Augusta McKay Lodge is an award-winning historically informed violinist, enjoying a blossoming career as leader and soloist at a young age. Already an experienced leader in the field, McKay Lodge performs regularly as concertmaster with Les Arts Florissants and Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, and recently with Opera Fuoco at the Theatre des Champs-Elysees. She has also guest directed the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players as a substitute for Richard Egarr. In the past, she has held concertmaster of Bach Akademie Charlotte, The American Classical Orchestra, and Teatro Nuovo.
As a soloist, McKay Lodge has enjoyed multiple concerto appearances with the Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, Juilliard415, and Voices of Music. She has appeared in Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall, the Concertgebouw’s Kleine Zaal, the Metropolitan Museum, the Kosciuszko Foundation, and William Christie’s festival Dans les Jardins de William Christie. A regular violinist with Voices of Music, she solos in numerous 4k high-definition videos on their successful YouTube channel. McKay Lodge’s discography includes award-winning, globally recognized solo albums Beyond Bach and Vivaldi and Corelli’s Band (Naxos), and an equally acclaimed chamber music disc with her sister Georgina McKay Lodge, J.G. Graun: Chamber Music from the Court of Frederick the Great (Brilliant Classics).
An avid chamber musician, McKay Lodge is a founding member of ensembles Voyage Sonique (New York) and Spielerei Piano Trio (Amsterdam). She performs regularly with the Ensemble Jupiter, including their recent rave debut at Carnegie Hall, and Le Consort in France. McKay Lodge is an English Concert American Fellow, a Juilliard-Mercury Fellow, and a Kovner Fellow, and holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Indiana University Jacobs School, and from The Juilliard School, completing her education at just 25 years old. McKay Lodge performs on a historical Jean-Baptiste Vuillaume (1867) and a baroque-copy Jason Viseltear (2014) violins, depending on the repertoire.