Monday, February 16, 2015, 7:30 pm
St. James by-the-Sea
Les Voix Humaines with Charles Daniels: “Perchance to Dream”
William and Henry Lawes were on the cutting edge of England’s musical life in the first half of the 17th century. They brilliantly set John Milton and Robert Herrick’s poems to music while Christopher Simpson and William Lawes perfected the art of virtuoso viol playing. Paradise was lost when Charles I was executed in 1649, leaving a drab stage and a musical moratorium. After a decade, the Merry Monarch, Charles II, returned bringing a new musical dream to the Fairest Isle. The stage was set for Henry Purcell and a new golden age of English music. Join tenor Charles Daniels, gambists Susie Napper and Margaret Little, and lutenist Sylvain Bergeron for a glorious evening of music for voice, archlute, and viols.
“It was easy to fall in love with Les Voix Humaines; these sonorous antiques (viols) become conduits for a wide range of moods and emotions.” — Rob Hubbard, St. Paul Pioneer Press
“Daniels was in a class of his own, effortlessly shading the music with a comprehensive range of dynamic and textual control.” — David Vickers, Andante