Published on September 5, 2019

THREE MAGNIFICATS BY MEMBERS OF THE BACH FAMILY CONDUCTED BY JONATHAN COHEN
TO OPEN THE 2019–2020 SEASON OF LES VIOLONS DU ROY AND LA CHAPELLE DE QUÉBEC

Quebec City, September 5, 2019 Jonathan Cohen opens his second season as music director of Les Violons du Roy in grand style with three Magnificats composed by J.S. Bach and his sons, featuring five extraordinary soloists: sopranos Hélène Guilmette and Myriam Leblanc, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo, tenor Thomas Walker, and baritone Christian Immler who join Les Violons du Roy and the La Chapelle de Québec choir. The concert will be given on: 

Cohen is excited to offer Quebec audiences a program he is quite familiar with, having recorded it with his ensemble Arcangelo for Hyperion Records. 

“I am thrilled to be presenting with Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec these three Magnificats together, in what I hope will make an interesting juxtaposition of musical style and contrast, a veritable peek into the hierarchy of influence and relationships in the Bach family,” says maestro Cohen.

J.S. Bach’s famous Magnificat is one of the greatest works in the entire choral repertoire. Its dazzling orchestration and inspiring melodies give full rein to the orchestra and choir to put on a true musical celebration. Carl Philipp Emanuel pays tribute to his father’s work in his equally superb Magnificat by adding his own modern touches. It is an ambitious piece as luminous as it is sensitive. Finally, Les Violons du Roy and La Chapelle de Québec will perform Johann Christian Bach’s Magnificat, the most concise of the three works on the same exhilarating text. J.S. Bach’s youngest son composed it while in Milan, and you can hear the influence of the Italian symphony and opera of the time.

PROGRAM
J.S. BACH Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243
CPE BACH Magnificat, Wq. 215, H. 772
J.C. BACH Magnificat, W E22

It should be noted that the baritone Christian Immler will be replacing bass baritone Philippe Sly, who was originally in the program.

Tickets on sale at the box offices of Palais Montcalm - Maison de la musique at 418-641-6040 (toll free: 1 877-641-6040) and Place des Arts at 514-842-2112 (toll free: 1-866-842-2112).

Magnificat! is presented by Radio-Canada and National Bank.
The performance of Magnificat! given on September 28 is presented as part of Montreal Bach Festival.
Les Violons du Roy’s season in Quebec City is presented by Hydro-Québec.
Les Violons du Roy’s Montreal season is presented by La Capitale Insurance and Financial Services.
Les Violons du Roy would like to thank the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Canada Council for the Arts, Ville de Québec, and the Government of Canada for their support.

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For more information:
Noora Heiskanen | Communications coordinator | Les Violons du Roy et La Chapelle de Québec
tel. (418) 692-3026 ext. 230 | email: nheiskanen@violonsduroy.com