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Les Idées heureuses
Founded in Montreal in 1987 by harpsichordist and artistic director Geneviève Soly, Les Idées heureuses has created more than 100 concert programs and presented over 350 artistic activities, including several educational programs for children and the general public. The group has carved a special place in Quebec’s early music scene through its brilliant revivals of forgotten baroque works by Graupner, Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, Frescobaldi, Bassano and others. Their performances have been hailed as “excellent” (The New York Times) and “consummate” (Gramophone, UK), and their concerts have been broadcast by Radio-Canada and the CBC, as well as by several European broadcasters. They have released 12 recordings on the Analekta label.
Recorder player and co-artistic director Natalie Michaud enriches each season’s programming with her annual “carte blanche” concert; these reach beyond the baroque era and often make connections with other disciplines such as history, visual arts or poetry. Les Idées heureuses are thrilled to bring one of these “carte blanche” programs to the Music Garden, with today’s concert of secular love songs from the late Middle Ages.
September 10, 2017Music
Montreal’s Les Idées heureuses present intricate, voluptuous love songs from late medieval France and Italy. Music by Guillaume de Machaut, Francesco Landini, Gulielmus Ebreo and others, performed by Angèle Trudeau (soprano), Esteban La Rotta (lute), Vincent Lauzer (recorders), Ziya Tabassian (percussion) and Natalie Michaud (recorders and direction).