REPASTMusic of the Baroque
Dietrich Buxtehude, Francois Couperin, Carolus Hacquart, Jean-Marie Leclair, Jacques Morel, Jean-Philippe Rameau
REPAST BAROQUE ENSEMBLE
Amelia Roosevelt, baroque violin
John Mark Rozendaal, viola da gamba
Avi Stein, harpsichord
with Claire Jolivet, baroque violin
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"These are pieces that the musicians seem to enjoy performing or that they find especially fascinating for one reason or another...Charming pieces, charmingly played.”
Crawford, American Record Guide [May/June 2014]
“This CD concerns the performers as much as the music itself… the Repast Baroque Ensemble is fast becoming one of the foremost exponents of baroque music to come out of America, and with the group's vivid renditions of this special type of music, concert engagements are on the up… this quartet of truly fine musicians has been able to produce a programme of the most enchanting sounds full of serenity and charm… the music is an enriching experience from beginning to end, and Repast's delectable performances are not only beautifully shaped but also spiritually uplifting… sound and presentation are exemplary. '... delectable performances ..."
Gerald Fenech Music & Vision [January 2014]
“These folks, practiced period perfectionists all, were established in 2003 and they play like maniacs. The phrasing, spirit, and articulation are wonderful, almost palpable in some instances, and one is hard-pressed to come up with a more engaging program than this. A fine disc.”
[ * * * * ] Steve Ritter, Audiophile Audition [November 2013]
“The Repast Baroque Ensemble, … are really in great form in this program of (mostly) French Baroque music. In fact, this eponymously named album of music by Couperin, Leclair, Rameau and others captures the excitement and verve of the music of this era better than I have ever heard it done by others. By contrast, most performances of French Baroque emphasize the spiritual qualities of the music at the expense of a rather static formality. Not so Repast (the ensemble), and so “Repast” (the album) lives up to its title as a detectible musical feast… Together with their absolute clarity of voicing and rhythm, the Repast musicians understand [the Baroque] style so well it has become instinctive with them, informing their performances of every work on the present program.”
Phil Muse, Audio Society of Atlanta [July 2013]
PROGRAM NOTESA collaboration of three period-instrument virtuosi, Repast presents vivid renditions of music of the baroque era. Each member of Repast has an active career in historical performance, and together they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the trio’s programs. Repast enjoys frequent and fruitful collaborations with leading period instrument players and vocalists in order to explore the vast and varied repertoire of the baroque era. The group’s name, meaning a meal or a feast, is a double-entendre: out of the revival of past music comes a delectable, spiritually nourishing experience. Founded in 2003 in New York City, Repast has performed at the Getty Center in Los Angeles; Bargemusic; the Miami Bach Festival; the Early Music Society of the Islands in Victoria, B.C.; the Museum Concerts of Rhode Island; the Times Center; Midtown Concerts; Salon/Sanctuary Concerts; and the Staller Center for the Arts in Stony Brook, New York. Since 2004, Repast has presented an annual three-concert series at the Baruch Performing Arts Center and has been featured on WKCR radio. [www.repastbaroque.org]
Violinist Amelia Roosevelt is a founding member of Repast. Described by the New York Times as a “virtuoso duelist,” she performs with the Trinity Baroque Orchestra, Sinfonia New York, the Clarion Music Society, and the Carmel Bach Festival Orchestra. She has toured internationally with Musica Antiqua Köln, Concerto Köln, and La Cappella de’ Turchini. Recording credits include Naxos, MDG, New Classical Adventure, Albany Records, Deux-Elles, Linn Records, Hänssler Classic, Electra, and Capriccio. A New York City native, Amelia holds degrees in violin performance from Stony Brook University, where she studied with Joyce Robbins and Mitchell Stern; the Manhattan School of Music; and the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam.
John Rozendaal specializes in teaching and performing stringed instrument music from the Baroque and Renaissance eras. He performs as a member of Trio Settecento and was founding Artistic Director of Chicago Baroque Ensemble, principal 'cellist of The City Musick and Basically Bach, and has performed with the Newberry Consort, the King's Noyse, and the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra. Rozendaal's viola da gamba playing has been praised as “splendid” (Chicago Tribune) and “breathtaking” (Sun-Times).
Avi Stein teaches harpsichord, vocal repertoire and chamber music at Yale University and is the music director at St. Matthew & St. Timothy Episcopal Church in New York. The New York Times described him as "a brilliant organ soloist" in his Carnegie Hall debut. Avi has performed throughout the United States, in Europe, Canada, and Central America. He is an active continuo accompanist who has played with many ensembles such as the Boston Early Music Festival Orchestra, the baroque orchestras of Los Angeles, Seattle and Indianapolis and the Warsaw, Toulouse and Indianapolis symphony orchestras. He has also conducted a variety of ensembles including the recent debut of the OperaOmnia company in a production of Monteverdi’s Coronation of Poppea. Avi is currently finishing his doctoral studies in organ and harpsichord at Indiana University and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music and the University of Southern California, and received a Fulbright scholarship for study in Toulouse.
Praised in the New York Times for her "impeccable, thoughtfully shaped, dramatically taut" playing, violinist Claire Jolivet has rapidly established herself as one of this country’s leading interpreters of baroque and early classical repertoire. She maintains a busy career appearing regularly with ensembles throughout the northeastern US, including Repast, Sarasa, Concert Royal, Sinfonia New York, Clarion, and the Trinity Baroque Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Dodd String Quartet and concertmaster of the Grand Tour Orchestra and Opera Lafayette in Washington, DC. She frequently performs in Europe with the Paris-based Opera Fuoco, and has appeared as a guest with Tafelmusik and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She has recorded on the Deutsche Harmonia Mundi, ASV-Gaudeamus and Naxos labels.
PROGRAMCarolus Hacquart (1640–1701)
Sonata No.6 in D minor
Dietrich Buxtehude (1637–1707)
Trio Sonata No.3 in G minor, BuxWV 261
François Couperin (1668–1733)
Le Parnasse ou l’Apothéose de Corelli, Grande Sonade en Trio
Corelli au piéd du Parnasse prie les muses de le recevoir parmi elles
Corelli charmé de la bonne réception qu’on lui fait au Parnasse, en marque sa joye...
Corelli buvant à la source d’Hypocrêne. Sa troupe continue
Entouziasme de Corelli causé par les eaux d’Hypocrêne
Corelli aprés son Entouziasme s’endort; et sa troupe jouë le Sommeil...
Les muses reveillent Corelli, et le placent auprès d’Apollon
Remerciment de Corelli
Jean-Marie Leclair (1697–1764)
Trio Sonata in D major, Op.2 No.8
Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683–1764)
Pièces de Claveçin en Concert, Troisième Concert
Jacques Morel (c1700–1749)
Chaconne en trio