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Ensemble Marquise

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Programme includes:
 
Handel Arias and Duets from Acis & Galatea, Alcina, Giulio Cesare, and Rinaldo
Couperin Les Barricades Mystérieuses – Harpsichord solo
Bach Sarabande from Suite No. 2 in D minor for solo Cello
Barsanti Sonata in C major for Recorder & Continuo – 2 movements


Friday 21 November 2014 at 7.30 pm

The Courtenay Centre, Kingsteignton Road, Newton Abbot TQ12 2QA (map)



Ensemble Marquise performs arias and duets for two sopranos with baroque chamber accompaniment - harpsichord, cello and baroque recorder - as well as instrumental pieces - solos and trios. The harmonic combination of a male soprano and a coloratura soprano provides a beautifully refined sound and gives a unique musical experience. The Master of Ceremonies introduces the pieces with poems and narrative texts, sets the scene and also takes part in the acting.

The Marquise programmes are built around varied themes and each one has its own story. The programmes are pasticcios - gems of baroque music assembled from works by different composers, loosely woven together into a story. The whole experience combines visual, dramatic and musical elements. The concerts evoke the atmosphere of the 17-18 century with period dress, deportment and scenic accessories inspired by paintings of that era to complement and dramatise the musical experience.

The aim is to bring the wonderful music and style of the baroque era closer to the audience of the 21st century. To show an authentic picture, the way of life in the 17-18 century has been studied and the costumes have been inspired, patterned and created after original paintings. Though the world has changed a lot, personal emotions and thoughts remain the same through centuries, so on the wings of the music they are as enjoyable and perceivable today as yesteryear.

Ensemble Marquise was founded in 2004 by the Hungarian singers, Laszlo Blaskovics and Judit Blaskovics-Felszeghy. Since then they have worked and appeared with other professional musicians so that the ensemble seems like a family of musicians. Their repertoire is very broad from early baroque composers through to Mozart.