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JS BACH – Keyboard Works, Hank Knox : New review January 2014

The treasure chest of keyboard works by JS Bach is so deep that musicians face the challenge of choosing which pieces to perform. On his new disc, harpsichordist Hank Knox solves this pleasurable dilemma by playing works from different periods of the master’s career. The programme celebrates both Bach’s extraordinary compositional skills and his instrumental [...]

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Karina Gauvin & Arion win ADISQ award for PRIMA DONNA

Karina Gauvin & Arion Baroque Orchestra win an ADISQ award for “Best Classical (with voice) CD Release 2013″. The CD was recorded by ATMA and is based on a concert produced by Arion in their Montreal Series at The Bourgie Hall (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts). Arion´s Artistic Director, Claire Guimond accepted the award on behalf [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – Les Goüts réunis – May 3, 2013

François Couperin composed his masterpiece Les Goüts réunis in 1724, symbol of the communion of both the Italian and French styles. This concert will underscore the grandeur of both the Italian manner, with works by Corelli, and the French nations with Leclair and Couperin. A musical lunch in the shadow of the splendor and intricacies [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – Epic Passions under the direction of Jaap ter Linden with the participation of David Breitman – April 19, 20 and 21, 2013

Exhilarating states of mind The two great masters of the Classical Period, Mozart and Haydn, expressed both grand and profoundly intimate sentiments to a degree never before seen.  Guest conductor Jaap ter Linden, an Arion regular, and distinguished pianofortist David Breitman join forces with the Orchestra to carry the audience through varied exhilarating states of [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – English and Italian Music of the 17th and 18th centuries– April 12, 2013

Let yourselft be inspired by the joie-de-vivre and by the sensitivity of both English and Italian compoers of the 17th and 18th Centuries! This Friday, you will dance on a Dowland Galliard and you will give yourself over during a Mealli Sonata thanks to the masterful fingerings of Vincent Lauzer and Sylvain Bergeron. Join us [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – Vivaldi in Dresden under the direction of Mathieu Lussier – March 8, 9 and 10, 2013

Music beyond borders Although Vivaldi never visited Dresden, a thriving city in the 18th century, he dedicated many of his works to the court composer, Pisendel.  Mathieu Lussier will open our ears to the influence Vivaldi had on musicians in Dresden, underscoring once again that music does indeed transgress all geographic borders. Guest conductor and [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – From Melancholy to Bliss under the direction of Jaap ter Linden with the participation of Johannette Zomer, soprano – February 8, 9 and 10, 2013

An arousing musical journey With flamboyant lyricism, Vivaldi, Boccherini and Locatelli will shake listeners to the core.  The great passion of the Italian soul will be brought to life with infinite finesse by cellist Jaap ter Linden, soprano Johannette Zomer, and Arion, who will carry you through a range of emotions… from melancholy to bliss. [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – Christmas Symphonies – December 21, 2012

Christmas: a time of rejoicing, enchantingly depicted by Michel Corrette! Celebrate our kick-off to the holidays with Arion as we perform excerpts of Corrette’s Symphonies des Noëls. With Chantal Rémillard and Tanya LaPerrière, baroque violins ; Jacques-André Houle, viola ; Amanda Keesmaat, cello ; Mélisande McNabney, harpsichord. On the program : Michel Corrette (1707-1795) Symphonie [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – Bach : A Family Affair under the direction of Alexander Weimann – December 7, 8 and 9, 2012

A legacy of genius Arion has the great pleasure of welcoming Alexander Weimann, renowned harpsichordist, to the stage during this year’s Montreal Bach Festival.  Accompanied by Arion’s musicians, along with flautist Claire Guimond and harpsichordist Hank Knox, the impressive harmonic rigour of  J.S Bach will be united with the audacity and ardour of his sons… [...]

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Canada, Quebec, Montreal – Italy’s Hidden Treasures under the direction of Stefano Montanari – October 12, 13 and 14, 2012

Forgotten pieces that will reveal their resplendent beauty. After having elated and charmed Arion audiences in 2010 with his performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, violinist Stefano Montanari is back to entrance us once again with forgotten Italian musical treasures that will reveal their resplendent beauty! Guest Conductor and Soloist: Stefano Montanari, violin (Italy) Works by [...]

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