Les Violons du Roy with Bernard Labadie, conductor, and Isabelle Faust, violin

Live at Carnegie Music Hall, Monday, April 30, 2018 - 7:30pm

A program of violin concerti and other works by Johann Sebastian Bach

Three Leipzig Chorales, BWV 651, 660, 655
Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, BWV 582
Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042
Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Contrapunctus XIV from “The Art of Fugue,” BWV 1080
Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - with Pascale Giguère, violin

"Les Violons du Roy ... is indeed aptly-named. The Quebec City-based chamber orchestra ... produced a sound fit for royalty, with some of the most silky-smooth string playing I have heard." - The Morning Call

"[Isabelle Faust’s] sound has passion, grit and electricity but also a disarming warmth and sweetness that can unveil the music’s hidden strains of lyricism ..." - The New York Times

About The Artist: 

Les Violons du Roy, with Bernard Labadie, conductor
The chamber orchestra Les Violons du Roy takes its name from the renowned string orchestra of the court of the French kings. The group, which has a core membership of fifteen players, was brought together in 1984 by founding conductor Bernard Labadie and specializes in the vast repertoire of music for chamber orchestra, performed in the stylistic manner most appropriate to each era. Although the ensemble plays on modern instruments, its approach to the works of the Baroque and Classical periods has been strongly influenced by current research into performance practice in the 17th and 18th centuries; in this repertoire Les Violons du Roy uses copies of period bows. The orchestra also regularly delves into the repertoire of the 19th and 20th centuries, as witnessed by its recordings of works by Piazzolla, Bartók, and Britten. Les Violons du Roy is at the heart of the music scene in Québec City, where it has been in residence at the Palais Montcalm since 2007. Since 1997, it has also been an important part of Montreal’s cultural scene. The orchestra is well known throughout Canada thanks to numerous concerts and recordings broadcast by Société Radio-Canada and the CBC and its regular presence at music festivals. Les Violons du Roy has given dozens of performances in Austria, Belgium, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Israel, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and United States, among others in the company of such renowned soloists as Magdalena Kožená, David Daniels, Vivica Genaux, and Alexandre Tharaud, including two guest appearances at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw. A recent highlight in the ensemble’s history was its acclaimed performance at the Berlin Philharmonie with Magdalena Kožená during its January 2014 European tour, which also included stops in London, Brussels, and Paris. Since its first performance in Washington in 1995, Les Violons du Roy has extended its performance network in the United States and now makes regular stops in New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles. The orchestra is heard frequently on NPR in the United States and is now represented by Opus 3 Artists. A recent high point was the performances in 2009 of Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio with La Chapelle de Québec at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. They returned to Carnegie Hall to present Bach’s St. John’s Passion in 2012 and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas in 2015. The concerts received very positive reviews, in particular from The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. The orchestra also toured the United States in 2012 with flute player Emmanual Pahud, in 2013 with mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe, in 2015 with pianist Marc-André Hamelin, and in 2016 with pianist Alexandre Tharaud.

Isabelle Faust, violin
Isabelle Faust captivates her listeners through her insightful and faithful interpretations, based on a thorough knowledge of the historical context of the works as well as her attention to current scholarship.

At an early age, Isabelle Faust won the prestigious Leopold Mozart and Paganini competitions and was soon invited to appear with the world's leading orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra of Europe. 2016 marked her first year as Artistic Partner with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra.   Isabelle Faust performs a wide-ranging repertoire, from J.S Bach all the way through to contemporary composers such as Ligeti, Lachenmann and Widmann. To highlight this versatility, in addition to her mastery of the great symphonic violin concertos, Isabelle Faust also performs works such as Kurtág's Kafka Fragments with the soprano Anna Prohaska, and Schubert’s Octet on historical instruments. She will premiere several new works for violin and orchestra during the upcoming seasons, including concerti by the composers Ondrej Adamek, Marco Stroppa, Oscar Strasnoy and Beat Furrer.   Over the course of her career, Isabelle Faust has regularly performed or recorded with world-renowned conductors including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink and Andris Nelsons. During recent years Isabelle Faust developed a close relationship with the late Claudio Abbado and performed and recorded under his baton. Their recording of Beethoven's and Berg's violin concerti with the Orchestra Mozart received a Diapason d'or Award (France), and Echo Klassik Award (Germany), Gramophone Award 2012 (UK) as well as a Record Academy Award (Japan).   Faust has recorded many discs for harmonia mundi with her recital partner Alexander Melnikov. These include their latest album with the Brahms Sonatas for violin and piano, as well as Schumann’s piano trios. Both, her recording of Mozart’s violin concerti with Il Giardino Armonico and Giovanni Antonini, as well as Bach’s harpsichord sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout will be released in 2016/17.   Isabelle Faust plays the 'Sleeping Beauty' Stradivarius (1704), kindly on loan by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.