Bourgie Hall presents

Les Idées heureuses: Complete cycle of cantatas by J.S Bach

Complete Cantatas of J.S. Bach – Year 7
For the fourth time since 2015, Les Idées heureuses takes part in the complete cycle of Bach’s cantatas presented by Bourgie Hall, performing cantatas BWV 146 (We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God) and BWV 31 (The Heavens laugh! The earth rejoices).

These elaborate devotional works both open with an instrumental movement: the magnificent Sinfonia for obbligato organ of BWV 146 (better known in its concerto version for harpsichord in D minor) creates a superb counterpart to the Sonata of BWV 31, a highly festive piece. The Idées heureuses ensemble will be augmented for the occasion by 3 trumpets and timpani, as well as by oboes and extended strings.

The Baroque ensemble Les Idées heureuses was founded by Geneviève Soly in 1987 and is named after the title of a harpsichord work by French composer François Couperin. With vision and aplomb, Les Idées heureuses brings Baroque music to life, transforming concerts into vibrant cultural events. The repertoire with which it most prominently engages is German church music from the 18th century and French Baroque repertoire from the 17th and 18th centuries, with a special focus on the music of New France.

Geneviève Soly, obbligato organ and direction direction

A key figure of Baroque music in Quebec, Geneviève Soly is recognized for her gifts as a performer, musicologist, and pedagogue. Her current musicology research bears
on the conventual repertoire of female congregations in New France, enabling her to revive some of the era’s cultural and historical performance practices in Les Idées
heureuses’ traditional Passiontide Concert. Soly is also associated with the rediscovery of Baroque composer Christoph Graupner’s music, and her seven recordings of Graupner’s harpsichord music on the Analekta label have won numerous international award

Odéi Bilodeau, soprano
Andréanne Brisson Paquin, soprano
William Duffy, alto
Arthur Tanguay-Labrosse, tenor
Dion Mazerolle, bass

Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal, BWV 146 (transcription of the Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052, with solo organ)
Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret, BWV 31

Sunday, October 31, 2021 at 2:30 pm
Bourgie Hall
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