Performance Monday, March 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM

Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

Zankel Hall
Feast on the exhilarating and soulful performance of Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Canada’s premiere period-instrument ensemble that reinvents music ranging from the Baroque and Classical eras and beyond. Hailed for their “fine period style, with robust yet disciplined strings, focused brasses, and mellifluous woodwinds” (The New York Times), the peerless performers return to Carnegie Hall with a program of masterworks by Bach, Handel, and Vivaldi, as well as French composers Delalande and Marais.


  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra
    Jeanne Lamon, Music Director


  • VERACINI Overture in G Minor
  • DELALANDE Suite de Symphonies pour le souper du Roy, No. 7 "La grande pièce royale"
  • BACH Concerto for Two Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D Minor, BWV 1043
  • HANDEL Concerto Grosso in B-flat Major, Op. 3, No. 2
  • VIVALDI Concerto in G Minor for Two Cellos, Strings, and Continuo, RV 531
  • MARAIS Suite from Alcyone

  • Encore:
  • HANDEL Allegro from Concerto Grosso in D Major, Op. 6. No. 5

Event Duration

The printed program will last approximately two hours, including one 20-minute intermission.


  • Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

    Tafelmusik was founded in 1979 and has been under the inspired leadership of Music Director and Concertmaster Jeanne Lamon since 1981. At the heart of Tafelmusik is a group of talented and dynamic permanent members, each of whom is a specialist in historical performance practice. Delighting audiences worldwide for more than three decades, the Toronto-based ensemble reaches millions of people through its touring, critically acclaimed recordings, broadcasts, new media, and artistic and community partnerships. The vitality of Tafelmusik's vision clearly resonates with its audiences in Toronto, where the orchestra performs more than 50 concerts every year for a passionate and dedicated following. Tafelmusik maintains a strong presence both nationally and on the world stage, performing in some 350 cities in 32 countries.

    Tafelmusik has released over 75 CDs on the Analekta, Sony Classical, CBC Records, BMG Classics, Hyperion, and Collegium labels, and has been awarded numerous international recording prizes, including nine JUNO Awards. In 2012, Tafelmusik announced the creation of its own label, Tafelmusik Media, and has released a number of new and past recordings. Recent releases include live-performance CDs of Beethoven symphonies and overtures, and a CD/DVD release of Tafelmusik's popular multimedia program House of Dreams.

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    Music director of Tafelmusik since 1981, Jeanne Lamon has been praised by critics in Europe and North America for her strong musical leadership. She has won numerous awards, including honorary doctorates of letters from York and Mount Saint Vincent universities, and the prestigious Molson Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2000, Ms. Lamon was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. Ms. Lamon is in demand as guest director of symphony orchestras in North America and abroad. She is passionate about teaching young professionals, which she does at the University of Toronto and through Tafelmusik's artist training programs. Ms. Lamon will step down as full-time music director of Tafelmusik at the end of this season in order to devote more time to teaching and guest directing.

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Marais's Overture from Alcyone
Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra

At a Glance

This evening's program takes us on a musical tour of Europe in the late 17th and early 18th centuries, an era characterized—in music as in politics and culture, more generally—by a growing awareness of the differences between nations and peoples. Although Italian, French, and German composers shared a common musical language, their distinctive accents and modes of expression gave rise to stylistic variations that ran more than skin deep.

The Baroque era was also an age of the touring virtuoso. As musicians traveled from one country to another, national styles inevitably mixed and mingled: Just as the young Handel went to Italy and learned to write concerti grossi, so Bach followed Vivaldi's lead in using ritornello form in the fast movements of his concertos. Of the peripatetic violinist-composer Francesco Maria Veracini, it was said that "by traveling all over Europe, he formed a style of playing peculiar to himself."

In France, King Louis XIV promoted nationalization of the arts as part of a campaign to assert the supremacy of French culture (and his own absolute monarchy). Delalande and Marais—two of the leading musicians at his court in Versailles—cultivated a refined, ornately embellished style that audiences everywhere instantly recognized as French. They preferred flexible speech patterns to the motoric rhythms of the Italian and German music, and the mellifluous voices of the viols to the brilliance of the violin family.
Program Notes
This performance is part of Baroque Unlimited.