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Name of performers in the ensemble and the instruments they play:
Margaret Little, treble viol Mélisande Corriveau, alto viol Elin Söderström, tenor viol Susie Napper, bass viol
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Since 2001, the world renowned duo Les Voix humaines (Susie Napper & Margaret Little) is regularly joined by some of Montreal’s finest young gambists (Mélisande Corriveau and Elin Söderström) to form Les Voix Humaines Consort specializing in the vast 17th-century repertoire for viol consort. Les Voix humaines Consort is appreciated for its rich and vibrant sound, the impressive coordination among the four players, and its clarity and ability to build contrasting textures. In 2009 their recording of Henry Purcell’s complete Fantasias for viols was released by ATMA Classique, and the consort toured with this program across Canada in 2009-10. Upcoming projects include a tour in France, a new recording of J.S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue and a colorful Italian program full of diminutions and dances. Les Voix humaines Consort is the only permanent viol consort in Canada. The duo Les Voix humaines still performs in many countries and will make its debut in Japan and China in October 2010.
Educational/Outreach add-ons available:
THE SUN KING - the life of Louis the fourteenth through stories, anecdotes and French repertoire on viols - can be adapted for school children of all ages. THE SUN QUEEN - the history of the viol from its origin in the middle ages to its decline with the French Revolution - for older students and adults.
Titles of touring programs for 2012-13:
OH HENRY! - Henry Purcell's complete Fantasias for viols with Les Voix humaines Consort. FAIREST VIOL - songs and viol Fantasias by Henry Purcell with Catherine Webster, soprano, and Les Voix humaines Consort. ONE CHARMING NIGHT - English-Spanish works with the consort of viols. FANTAISIES AND FUGUES - Purcell Fantasias and fugues from the Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach with the consort of viols.
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