Les Voix Humaines’ « Perchance to Dreame » is an enchanting programme of music from the golden years of the viol in England with renowned British tenor, Charles Daniels and Sylvain Bergeron, lutenist. It includes songs and instrumental pieces by Henry & William Lawes, Christopher Simpson, William Young and Henry Purcell.
After a ‘Dreame’s tour in Canada, in February 2014, Les Voix humaines where off to the USA , in February 2015, to give six concerts in three States : Michigan, California & Arizona
« Perchance to Dreame » : an enchanting programme with a contemporary twist
Les Voix humaines are renowned for their very personal, human, musical & highly skilled mastery of the viol. Enriching their repertoire & collaborating with other amazing artists is also part of their approach. « Perchance to Dreame » is right up that alley.
In Spring 2012, les Voix humaines recorded Lawes « The Royall Consorts » on the ATMA classique label. The double CD was awarded ‘5 Stars’ from Musica Magazine & the Opus Prize for Album of the Year in its catagory.
Following such a success, Les Voix humaines embarked on another musical voyage : working with British tenor Charles Daniels, an expert of Lawes who put to music poems by John Milton & Robert Herrick. Add to that lutist Sylvain Bergeron who’s playing accompanies Charles so well, and voilà, the « Perchance to Dreame » programme was born!
The foursome had just completed rehearsal in January 2013, that already they were invited to present « Perchance to Dreame » by the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City, Early Music Vancouver & Early Music Voices Concert Society (Calgary). Followed another Canadian Tour in February 2014, where the programme was presented in Almonte (ON), Winnipeg (MAN), Salt Spring Island (BC) et Lacombe (AL). Followed, in February 2015, the Dreame’s Tour in the USA, with invitation from the Michigan Academy of Early Music, the Sacred Sounds at St.Mark’s (Michigan), the San Diego Early Music Society (Californie), the Phoenix Early Music Society (Arizona) & the Arizona Early Music Society. In all, 6 concerts dans 3 States.
Presenters & reviewers wrote comments such as :
“There were so many highlights at this splendid recital that it is almost too difficult to choose which ones to write about. Mr. Daniels...with his outstanding ornamentation and word painting complete with beautiful high-range passages that made one feel the intensity of the text's pathos... Les Voix Humaines displayed stately control, figurative virtuosity, and a sprezzatura belying the complexity of this repertoire... Archlutenist Mr. Bergeron excelled... as all listened as closely as ever that night to his exquisite phrasing and timing.”
Sandi Mielitz, Camerata Nova Winnipeg
“We loved having the group here! The music was exquisite and Susie, Margaret, Sylvain and Charles were all delightful!”
Wendy Markosky, Canadian University College, Lacombe
“The concert was magnificent - all performers so engaging with audience, and so incredibly artistic and technically amazing. Thank you!
Gary Kern, Chair, Arizona Early Music Society :
« The audience loved it! Many people told me how much they liked it, and expressed their thanks for having the concert. Susie and Charles gave an informative pre-concert talk, and Susie gave a delightful introduction (if not a warning) to the concert. A "great adventure" indeed! Our audience will welcome them back in the future. »
Catherine Saucier, President, Phoenix Early Music Society :
« Thanks and congratulations for an excellent masterclass and concert! The program and performance were superb! It was a real pleasure to meet them. I look forward to more collaborations in future years. »
Christopher Dempsey, Treasurer, The Academy of Early Music, Ann Arbor :
« Les Voix humaines was a great success as well as a pleasure to work with. »
Greg Crowell, Director of Music, Sacred Sounds at St. Mark's
« The concert was extremely beautiful and very well received. »
Laurent Planchon, Artistic Director, San Diego Early Music Society
« The concert absolutely superb. »