Le Monde de Sainte-Colombe is a compilation drawn from recordings of the complete Concerts à deux violes esgales by the viol duo Les Voix humaines.

Come listen to our new program with British tenor Charles Daniels! A life-cycle of songs and suites from the European union of Handel’s birth: Purcell, Jenkins, Blow, Akeroyde, Lawes. We wish to express our gratitude to the Conseil des arts de Montréal for supporting this project.

Charles Daniels, tenor
Antoine Mallette-Chénier, triple-harp
Susie Napper & Margaret Little, bass viols

Festival Montréal Baroque
Friday, June 22, 2018 at 9pm., Rotonde du MAC

Our new CD has just been released! We hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it last summer! British lutenist Nigel North joins viol consort Les Voix humaines for Lachrimae, a new recording of John Dowland’s 1604 compositions set for lute and viols. Passionate pavans, galiards, and almands evoke the tears referred to in the title.

We’re delighted to announce that Les Voix humaines are now represented worldwide by the SONUS Agency for Early Music, direction: Andrea Braun. For concerts in Canada, please contact Les Voix humaines directly.

Susie Napper and Margaret Little were in Paris with the exceptional tenor Charles Daniels and the luthist Fred Jacobs to offer a recital of moving works by brothers Henry and William Lawes …

The Voix humaines Consort of Viols (Margaret Little, Mélisande Corriveau, Felix Deak & Susie Napper) went to Poland last September to perform one of its favorite programs : J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue.

It is with great joy that les Voix humaines offer at last their own interpretation of the famous concertos which are among the world’s most performed musical pieces. Indeed, there is not only a large number of recordings of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, but many musicians from different backgrounds want to perform this great universal score in their own style.

Susie et Margaret have created fabulous arrangements for four violas of Vivaldi’s so loved ‘Four Seasons’

Plus d'information sur l'album
Le Monde de Sainte-Colombe
ATMA Classique

« Virtuosité et cohésion remarquables »

« Interprétation innovatrice et renversante »

« Boulversant d’expressivité »

« Audacieux, agréable et original! »

« Agilité féline et sens musical inné »

« Une rare éloquence »

« Comme deux violes jumelles »

« Flexibilité, élégance, lyrisme et sensualité »

The Ensemble


SUSIE NAPPER & MARGARET LITTLE
violas da gamba


Susie Napper et Margaret Little

Susie Napper and Margaret Little

Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists! Susie Napper and  Margaret Little, the two gambists of Les Voix humaines, have been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances of early and contemporary music for viols since 1985. They are renowned for their spectacular arrangements of a wide variety of music for two viols and have become a world reference for the music of Sainte-Colombe. They received the Opus Award 2007 for PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR from the Conseil québécois de la musique.

Les Voix humaines has invited prestigious artists to join them in concert and recordings, such as Wieland and Barthold Kuijken, Charles Daniels, Suzie LeBlanc, Daniel Taylor, Rinat Shaham, Matthew White, Eric Milnes, Skip Sempe and Stephen Stubbs. The duo is regularly joined by some of Montreal’s finest young viol players to form the Voix Humaines Consort specializing in the vast 17th-century repertoire for viol consort. Their recent recording of J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue will be available in stores in May 2013!

Les Voix humaines has recorded some forty discs which have received critical acclaim and prestigious awards (DIAPASON D’OR, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Repertoire-Classica 10, Goldperg 5, Classics Today 10/10, Prix Opus, etc). They include the complete Poeticall Musicke of Tobias Hume, The 4 Seasons of Christopher Simpson, the complete Le Nymphe di Rheno of Johannes Schenck, several discs with soprano Suzie LeBlanc and countertenor Daniel Taylor, a Telemann disc with renowned Belgian flutist Barthold Kuijken, a Marais disc with world famous gambist Wieland Kuijken and Purcell’s complete Fantasias for viols. Their recording of the complete Concerts a deux violes esgales by Sainte-Colombe (4 double CDs) is a world premiere, and the fourth volume was awarded a DIAPASON D’OR. Les Voix humaines record for the ATMA label.

The duo has toured in North America, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, China and Japan, performing is prestigious festivals such as Early Music Vancouver, the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the Brighton International Music Festival, the Festival Oude Musiek, Holland, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Summer Festivities of Early Music in Prague and the Israel Festival.

Instruments
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Susie Napper – Barak Norman, London, 1703
Margaret Little – Bernard Prunier and Judith Kraft, Paris, 1982, after Colichon

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