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“Charles Richard-Hamelin is joined by his fellow Quebeckers Les Violons du Roy, under their inspirational music director Jonathan Cohen […] A very fine new recording.”  (CD Charles Richard-Hamelin, Mozart, Concertos for Piano Nos.22 & 24)

Harriet Smith, Gramophone, London, June 2020

“Labadie delivers rousing, generous Messiah. Labadie did not make me regret my decision to add yet another Messiah to my record. His interpretation was so rousing, so generous, so lovingly, exquisitely detailed, that it made me fall in love with the work all over again […] Every phrase was polished to a high sheen yet everything danced with freedom and spontaneity. The intrinsic theatricality of Handel’s music, and the high drama of the oratorio’s narrative — birth, death and resurrection — were rendered in high-definition. Tempi were vigorous but never vulgar, and subtle contrasts between legato and articulated passages created texture without weight […] Aside from Labadie, the concert’s other draw was the promise of hearing La Chapelle de Québec, the superb professional choir attached to Les Violons […] The virtuoso vocal ensemble did not disappoint, with fleet, limpid, laser-cut singing.”

Nathasha Gauthier, Artsfile, Ottawa, December 19, 2019

“The chamber orchestra seemed perfect not just for Handel, but also for Glass, whose works depend upon individual virtuosity, precision of ensemble and pitch, and control of instrumental vibrato as ornamentation […] [They] were immaculately prepared and played Glass’s music as if it were second nature […] Tuesday Musical should feel proud for presenting this unusual program, which was a triumph. An extended ovation brought an encore. ”

Timothy Robson, ClevelandClassical.com, Cleveland OH, Octobre 22, 2018  

“This was a wondrous experience (and both the intensity and the volume of the applause confirmed it). Its period-proper approach was pure; the music and performance silenced the audience and demanded the concentrated attention of the performers. It wasn’t easy listening but rather a rarefied treat for Bach groupies like myself […] The precision of the ensemble, the melodic discourse through dialogue and the evident fun they all had playing it was infectious.”

Douglas Dutton, Seen and Heard International, Los Angeles, May 2, 2018

“The playing was sublime, the phrasing was both meticulously phrased and yet thrillingly free […] the musicians projected such joy in their music-making that they received a series of standing ovations of explosive power; it was the concert’s only disappointment that at the end, despite the repeated efforts of the audience, Les Violons played no encores.”

Laurence Vittes, Bachtrack, Los Angeles, May 1st, 2018

“Sumptuous Bach and Handel from Les Violons du Roy in LA”

Laurence Vittes, Bachtrack, Los Angeles, April 28, 2016

“Bernard Labadie's welcome return to Disney Hall”

Richard S. Ginell, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, April 15, 2016

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