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About Pallade Musica:

Pallade Musica brings together four of Montreal's most promising Early Music performers. Grand Prize winners at the Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition in New York, October 2012, the quartet consists of Tanya LaPerrière, Baroque violin, Elinor Frey, Baroque cello, Esteban La Rotta, theorbo, and Mylène Bélanger, harpsichord. They played together in past seasons in groups such as Ensemble Caprice, Arion and the Montreal Baroque Festival before launching their own Montreal series at the Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours.

Pallade Musica explores the repertoire for violin, cello and continuo using the cello, theorbo and harpsichord as instruments in a contrapuntal role, allowing for a diverse sound palette of various textures and colors. The members of Pallade Musica have varied backgrounds, coming from Quebec, the US and Colombia, and have studied at McGill University, the Escola Superior de Musica de Catalunya in Barcelona, Civica Scuola di Milano, Scuola Cantorum Basiliensis, Conservatoire Royal de Bruxelles, and the Juilliard School. Pallade Musica will soon make its first recording, to be released in Spring 2014 on the ATMA label.

Terreno e vago


Terreno e vago takes its inspiration from two Italian words that can be used to characterize emotional polarities found in music of the Italian Baroque. Terreno represents the earth – that which is profane, secular, regular and defined. Vago, in contrast, is music of reflection: it is irregular, spiritual, sacred, elusive and vague.

Montreal's award-winning Pallade Musica (“Athena’s Music”) explores these binaries through passionate music by Dario Castello, Tarquinio Merula (d. 1665), G. G. Kapsberger (c. 1580-1651), Giovanni Legrenzi (1626-1690), Adam Jarzebski (1590-1642), Giuseppe Maria Jacchini (1667-1727), Francesco Rognoni (d. 1626) and Alessandro Stradella (1639-1682).

Tanya LaPerrière (Baroque violon), Elinor Frey (Baroque cello), Esteban La Rotta (theorbo), Mylène Bélanger (harpsichord).

Thanks to Sonja & Michael Koerner.

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