Jan 10, 2014
First Tafelmusik performance with Jeanne Lamon in revitalized hall - INTIMATELY BACH
Toronto (Canada) January 10, 2013 … With Intimately Bach, Tafelmusik turns to repertoire composed for smaller forces to warm up cold January evenings and Sunday afternoons. These concerts take place at Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre, Jeanne Lamon Hall from Jan. 29 to Feb. 2, 2014 — the first time Music Director Jeanne Lamon will perform with Tafelmusik in the newly revitalized hall named in her honour. Intimately Bach also includes the premiere of Aïga-Faros, a new work by one of the performers, Montreal flutist Grégoire Jeay.
Designed around works written by J.S. Bach for more intimate settings, the programme includes the Violin Concerto in G Minor featuring Jeanne Lamon; Suite no. 2 in B Minor for flute and strings; Sonata for 2 violins in C Major, after BWV 529; and Concerto for harpsichord, flute & violin in A Minor, BWV 1044 — works that evoke either quiet reflection or joyous celebration. Intimately Bach is performed by a Tafelmusik chamber group including Jeanne Lamon, Julia Wedman and Cristina Zacharias, violins; Patrick G. Jordan, viola; Christina Mahler, cello; Alison Mackay, double bass; and Charlotte Nediger, harpsichord. They are joined by Grégoire Jeay on baroque flute.
Aïga-Faros means “Water and fire” in Occitan, the language of composer Grégoire Jeay’s roots. The work is a single-movement concerto for violin, flute and harpsichord, commissioned by Lamon specifically for this programme. In describing the piece, Jeay says, "The violin is often associated with fire, and the flute is used by Bach in flowing patterns evoking water. Here the violin, flute, and harpsichord are alternately water or fire. A triple concerto offers the opportunity to enhance the three voices within their own idioms.”
Tafelscene, Tafelmusik’s 35 & Under Young Audience programme, will be hosting an intermission party with musicians on Saturday February 1. These popular get-togethers are a chance for young audience members to mingle with their favourite musicians, while enjoying wine and snacks. February 1 is also Pay-What-You-Can night for Tafelscene members. For more information about Tafelscene, visit http://www.tafelmusik.org/concerts-tickets/35-under.
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, founded in 1979 and led by Music Director Jeanne Lamon since 1981, is one of the world’s leading period performance ensembles. The Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, under the direction of Ivars Taurins, was formed in 1981 to complement the Orchestra. The orchestra performs more than 50 concerts each year at home in Toronto, and travels extensively around the world to such places as this season's tour destinations: Japan and South Korea, Carnegie Hall in New York City, BachFest Leipzig in Germany, cities across Ontario, and a tour with Opera Atelier to Versailles, France. The choir and orchestra’s multi-platform recording label Tafelmusik Media was launched in January 2012, along with the Watch and Listen site, Tafelmusik‘s digital concert hall. Tafelmusik has a rich discography of more than 80 CDs recorded on the Sony Classical, CBC Records, Analekta and Tafelmusik Media labels. Since 1991, Tafelmusik has received nine JUNO Awards and a Grammy Award nomination. Tafelmusik is the Baroque Orchestra-in-Residence at the Faculty of Music, University of Toronto and operates its annual artist training programmes, Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute and Tafelmusik Winter Institute.