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Ensemble Caprice to explore Bach and the Baroque Gypsies at the Collection of Musical Instruments

September 20, 2010

“Imaginative, even powerful, and the playing is top-flight.”
New York Times

The Yale Collection of Musical Instruments will present the renowned Ensemble Caprice in the opening concert of the season on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 3 pm. Under the artistic direction of flute and recorder virtuosi Matthias Maute and Sophie Larivière, Ensemble Caprice is renowned for its innovative interpretations of baroque music. The group also includes David Jacques, baroque guitar; Elinor Frey, baroque cello; and Ziya Tabassian, percussion. Based in Montreal, the ensemble will offer a program called “Bach and the Baroque Gypsies,” exploring the possible influence on Bach of Eastern European and gypsy melodies contained in the Uhrovsa Manuscript from 1730. The group delved into similar territory on its highly regarded CD Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies, which was nominated for an Echo Klassik award.

Wrote the Chronicle Herald after one performance: “The playing of the musicians was expressive, the dynamics pliable as putty, the plasticity of their phrasing warm and extravagant, and their virtuosity brilliant.”

Tickets are $20, $15 for Yale staff and seniors, $10 for students. For more information, visit the Collection’s website, or call the Collection at 203 432-0825.

About Ensemble Caprice

Formed in Germany in 1989 and now established in Montreal, Ensemble Caprice regularly performs in Europe, participating in such early music festivals as those in Bruges and Utrecht, and in Germany at the Händel Festival in Halle and the Recorder Festival in Stockstadt. Since its debut at the 2005 Boston Early Music Festival concert series, Ensemble Caprice has appeared widely in the US. The ensemble presents an annual concert series in Montreal and organizes a festival as well as a competition for young professionals. The ensemble’s CD Gloria! Vivaldi’s Angels (Analekta) won a prestigious Juno Award in 2009. Their CD Vivaldi and the Baroque Gypsies (Analekta) was nominated for a 2009 Echo Klassik award in Germany. Their new recording, Salsa Baroque, will be released on the Analekta label in October.