PSALM SETTINGS FOR THE SUN KING
SACRED WORKS FOR THE CHAPELLE ROYALE de VERSAILLLESA program of French settings of Old Testament texts composed for the Royal Chapel of Versailles, including recently discovered motets by André Campra and selected Versets of François Couperin. Also on the program are instrumental works of Marais and Couperin.Repertoire once performed by relatives of the composers for the Sun King himself will be heard in the intimate sanctuary of the Huguenot Church.
Jessica Gould, soprano
Daniel Lee, violin
Christopher Matthews, traverso
Sang Joon Park, traverso
Martha McGaughey, viola da gamba
Arthur Haas, harpsichord
Sunday, December 2nd 2012
L’Eglise Française de Saint Esprit
109 East 60th St.
New York, NY 10022
$30/$20 seniors, students, members of Early Music America, FIAF
1 888 718-4253
Selected Versets of François Couperin (1668 – 1733), Petits Motets of André Campra (1660 – 1740) , and instrumental works of Couperin, Marin Marais (1656 – 1728), and Jaques Martin Hotteterre (1674 – 1763)
Critically praised as both a performer and impresaria, soprano/SSC Artistic Director Jessica Gould has been noted for “a dramatic intensity that honored the texts” (Kozinn, The New York Times), for “expansive range, coloratura facility, and multi-hued, powerful sound” (Seen and Heard International) “astonishing ornaments and passaggi, executed to perfection” (Lute News, UK), and “crystalline sounds” and for having “reached the heart of an enraptured English audience’” (Traditional Music Maker, UK). With actor Roger Rees and the Paul Dresher Ensemble she can be heard on the New World Records release of composer Eve Beglarian’s CD Tell the Birds, while chamber music performances include The Clarion Society, Sinfonia New York, The Four Nations Ensemble, The Virginia Arts Festival, The Guggenheim Works & Process Series with The Cassatt Quartet, at The Beinecke Library at Yale University, and numerous presenters in the UK and Italy. Florentine appearances include the Festival Martedì in Arte at the Palazzo Davanzati, the Museo di Arte Sacra in Tuscany, and the Library of the Museo di San Marco of Florence. Operatic performances include Donna Anna in Don Giovanni, Herz in The Impresario, the title role of Handel’s Semele, Iphise in Sacchini’s Dardanus, and Poppea in Handel’s Agrippina. As Founder and Artistic Director of Salon/Sanctuary Concerts, she creates many original programs featuring repertoire from the 8th to 18th centuries, and serves the series as writer, music researcher, and Italian translator. Ms. Gould was recently the subject of an Ariama interview on her research into the work of Jewish-Italian Renaissance composer Salamone Rossi.
Period violinist Daniel S. Lee enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, concertmaster, and teacher. He has performed as a soloist with the American Baroque Orchestra and Quodlibet Ensemble and served as a guest concertmaster/leader for the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Musica Raritana at Rutgers, and Yale Schola Cantorum. He has co-founded and directs the Sebastian Chamber Players, whose performance at the finals of 2011 York Early Music International Competition was praised for its “smooth sophistication” [Yorkshire Post] and “well-thought-out articulation and phrasing” [Early Music Review], and who were winners of the Audience Prize in the 2012 Early Music America Baroque Performance Competition. As a violino piccolo specialist, he has performed Bach’s first Brandenburg Concerto with faculty members of Yale School of Music and given the modern-day premiere of Johann Pfeiffer’s concerto. He is on the violin/viola faculty at Connecticut College. More information can be found at www.danielslee.com.
Flutist Christopher Matthews is a dedicated chamber musician, with widespread musical interests spanning from early music to electronic music. He performs regularly with contemporary ensembles such as Red Light New Music and Le Train Bleu, and has performed in orchestras under the direction of composer/conductors Krzysztof Penderecki, John Corigliano, John Williams, and Aaron Kernis. A relative newcomer to historical performance, he has already performed under early music luminaries such as Ton Koopman, William Christie, Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan, and Jordi Savall. Christopher has performed under orchestral conductors such as James Conlon, Jesús López-Cobos, and Paavo Järvi, in spaces such as Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Cincinnati’s Music Hall, Symphony Space, (Le) Poisson Rouge, and Galapagos Art Space. Christopher began his professional studies at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and holds degrees from The Juilliard School, Yale University, and the University of Southern California. His principal flute teachers are Ransom Wilson, Jim Walker, Carol Wincenc, Heather Verbeck, and Sandra Miller.
Avla Harmoniæ made its debut at the 2009 Boston Early Music Festival, and since maintained its musical activities with numerous performances in New York, Boston, Albuquerque, New Mexico, Cedar Rapids & Grinnell, Iowa, and Vermillion, South Dakota. In 2010 Aula Harmoniae was invited to participate in the VIII Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú, in Lima, as well as Universidad Católica San Pablo, in Arequipa, for successful performances in the historical 16th Century Monasterio de Santa Catalina.
Flutist Sang Joon Park was the recipient of the prestigious 2005 Samuel Baron Prize awarded at SUNY Stony Brook University where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree under Carol Wincenc. He studied with distinguished flutists such as Wilbert Hazelzet, Sandra Miller, Janet See, Stephen Schultz, Jed Wentz, Linda Chesis, Judith Mendenhall and Thomas Nyfenger, and participated in Amherst Early Music Festival, Longy Baroque Institute, and Vancouver Early Music Programme. He is the artistic director of the Baroque trio Aula Harmoniae, and is a member of several Baroque chamber groups including Rossignols Amoureux, The Soul’s Delight, Ensemble La Sylva, Newton Baroque, La Donna Musicale, Catacoustic Consort, Bacchanalia Baroque, Empire Viols, Concert Royal, and The Grand Tour Orchestra, with performances in Canada, Peru, the Netherlands, Taiwan and the United States.
Gambist Martha McGaughey was for many years a member of the Paris-based Five Centuries Ensemble, known for its performances of both early and contemporary music. She has collaborated with the British viol consort, Phantasm, in several concerts and a CD of the consort music of William Byrd. She has recorded for the Fonit Cetra and Erato labels in Italy and France, as well as for EMI. Since 1986 she has been on the faculty at Mannes, where she teaches viola da gamba, chamber music, and English Composition. She has twice been a Regents’ Lecturer at the University of California, San Diego.
Harpsichordist Arthur Haas, winner of the top prize in the Paris International Harpsichord Competition, is a member of the Aulos Ensemble, one of America’s foremost early music groups, with which he has recorded and toured all over North America for the past 20 years. Mr. Haas is professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and is also on the faculties of the Mannes College of Music as well as the Historical Performance Program at the Juilliard School. This month he will join the faculty of Yale University. His solo CDs of Jean-Henry D’Anglebert, Forqueray, Purcell and his contemporaries, and most recently Elisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre and François Couperin have all received critical acclaim in the press. His recording of the complete keyboard works of Jean-Philippe Rameau will be released in 2013.
Salon/Sanctuary Concerts has been praised by Time Out NY for “impeccably curated early-music performances in intimate historical venues,” and by MusicWeb International: “It is a rare occurrence at any concert or opera when every possible aspect of the performance experience succeeds completely. I am not simply referring to the musicians, concert hall or instruments but to the gestalt: the unified whole that makes the sum greater than all of its parts.” Founded by Artistic Director Jessica Gould in 2009, Salon/Sanctuary Concerts offers the special chance to hear pre-Romantic music in intimate venues that complement the historical context of the repertoire. Pleased to present special projects that cast a light on historical issues through the prism of music, Salon/Sanctuary takes pride in many special interdisciplinary performances featuring luminaries from the worlds of opera, theater, film, and dance. The series has garnered critical praise for its innovative programming, and continues to attract a diverse audience for its path breaking offerings.