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J.S. Bach, Mondonville, Vivaldi

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Ann Monoyios (soprano), Colin Ainsworth (tenor), Matthew White (countertenor)

Directed by Ivars Taurins

“Superb choral singing – ensemble, blend, balance, phrasing, diction and style are wonderful.” — CBC Radio Two
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PreviewTrack Title
1–3. J.S. Bach: Gloria in excelsis Deo, BWV 191
4–9. Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Grand motet “Dominus regnavit”
10–21. Antonio Vivaldi: Gloria, RV 589
“I’ll say it again: this is how one should sing and play this music.”—Fanfare

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir salutes its 40th anniversary season with the release of Gloria, a program originally recorded and released by CBC Records in 2008.

Ivars Taurins directs the 25-voice choir and the orchestra under Music Director Emerita Jeanne Lamon in this program of sacred baroque works that distinguishes Tafelmusik as being “head and shoulders above most of its competitors. Tafelmusik’s performance breathes such fresh life into this ancient score that it catches one up in its rare enthusiasm.” (Fanfare) Soprano Ann Monoyios, countertenor Matthew White, and tenor Colin Ainsworth are the featured vocal soloists.

The recording opens with Gloria in excelsis Deo by J.S. Bach, a festive if rarely performed work that the composer later adapted for the Mass in B Minor. Paired with Vivaldi’s exuberant and joyous Gloria, Tafelmusik “emphasizes the legato of the vocal line, allowing the clipped rhythms of the accompanying orchestra to buoy the music along naturally.” (Fanfare). With its gracious airs and its lively choruses, Mondonville’s Dominus regnavit is a splendid example of the 18th-century grand motet.     

For more than three decades, I have had the privilege and pleasure to explore and share my passion for choral music with that remarkable group of singers known as the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. This recording features music that defines this choir and its characteristic sound and spirit.” —Ivars Taurins

Recorded October 15–16, 2006 at George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts




Ivars Taurins, Director, Tafelmusik Chamber ChoirIvars Taurins, Director,
Tafelmusik Chamber Choir


Equally at home conducting symphonic and choral repertoire, Ivars Taurins is the founding director of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir. He was also violist of the Tafelmusik Orchestra for its first 23 years. Ivars works regularly with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, and appears as guest director with orchestras and choirs across the country, from Halifax to Victoria. A passionate educator, Ivars Taurins teaches orchestral conducting and directs the Collegium Musicum at the University of Toronto, teaches conducting at the Glenn Gould School, and has been a guest teacher/conductor at universities and with youth choirs and orchestras across Canada.


Anna Monoyios, sopranoAnne Monoyios, Soprano


Ann Monoyios is a soprano specialising in Baroque music who has collaborated with the leading Baroque specialists of the world including Gustav Leonhardt, Frans Brüggen, Christopher Hogwood, John Eliot Gardiner, Trevor Pinnock, Philippe Herreweghe, Reinhard Goebel, Bruno Weil and Nicholas McGegan.  A frequent soloist with Tafelmusik both at home and in tours of Europe and the Far East, she can be heard as soprano soloist on their recordings of Haydn sacred works for Sony Vivarte, from which the recording of The Creation has been singled out for particularly high praise.

Ms Monoyios has appeared throughout Europe in numerous productions of Baroque operas and can be heard on many record labels, among them Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv, Sony Vivarte, EMI, Decca/L'Oiseau Lyre, and CBC. Among her favourite recordings are J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) with John Eliot Gardiner for Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv, which she recorded at Snape Maltings during a NATO blitz, and Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610, also with John Eliot Gardiner, recorded live in the Church of San Marco in Venice.

Matthew White, countertenor
Matthew White, Countertenor

Matthew White is currently the Executive and Artistic Director of Early Music Vancouver, one of North America’s most successful concert series concentrated on period performance. Before moving to Vancouver in 2012, he spent three years as Executive Director of Pacific MusicWorks in Seattle working with lutenist and conductor Stephen Stubbs. In a previous life, he had gained international acclaim as one of Canada’s leading countertenors and as the founding member of Montreal’s Les Voix Baroques. His singing career took him all over the world to work with ensembles including Collegium Vocale Gent, The Netherlands Bach Society, Bach Collegium Japan, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir, Les Violons du Roy as well as many of North America’s symphony orchestras.  His operatic work included work with the Glyndebourne Festival Opera, New York City Opera, Houston Grand Opera, Cleveland Opera, Opera Atelier, and Pacific Opera Victoria among others. Matthew now lives in Victoria B.C with his wife Cassie and their two children Molly and Stella.

Photo by Laina Tanahara


Colin Ainsworth, Tenor
Colin Ainsworth, Tenor


Colin Ainsworth has distinguished himself with his exceptional singing and diverse repertoire. This versatile and thrilling tenor has worked across the world with opera companies including the Canadian Opera Company, Chicago Opera Theater, Glimmerglass Opera, Opera Atelier, Calgary Opera, Teatro Nacional de São Carlos, Seattle Opera, Greek National Opera, Vancouver Opera, and the Royal Opera (London). His many performances have included the title roles in Orphée et Euridice, Castor et Pollux, and Albert Herring; Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Tamino in Die Zauberflöte, Tonio in La Fille du régiment, Nadir in Les Pêcheurs de perles, and Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress. An avid supporter of new works, he has appeared in many world premieres including John Estacio’s Lillian Alling and Stuart MacRae’s The Assassin Tree at the Edinburgh International Festival.

Also a prolific concert singer, Mr. Ainsworth has appeared with the Montreal Symphony, Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Music of the Baroque, Mercury Baroque, Les Violons du Roy and Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Photo by Bo Huang


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