Savour the multi-layered subtleties of French baroque music with Amandine Beyer

Though almost a decade has passed since the Tafelmusik debut of French violinist Amandine Beyer, the impact of her “majestic, gossamer, hypnotic” playing (Le Monde) continues to resonate deeply. For her highly anticipated return to our stage, Beyer has crafted a musical menu with a predominantly French flavour, evoking the elegance and grandeur of Versailles and Paris.

Lalande’s Symphonie pour le souper du roi, a suite that was often heard tableside at the request of King Louis XIV, is paired with Muffat’s musical bouquets “Graditudo” (Gratitude) and “Laeta Poesis” (Joyful Poetry), inspired by the culinary and horticultural arts. Our feast for the senses includes a soupçon of chamber music by Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a renowned harpsichordist and composer whose talent caught the attention of the Sun King. A suite of dances by Rameau fires up a colourful palette of orchestral sonorities and textures.

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Baroque orchestral

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

Guest artists

Amandine Beyer

Guest director & violin soloist

Amandine Beyer studied violin at the Conservatoire de Paris and Schola Cantorum Basel in the class of Chiara Banchini. She also benefited from the teaching of Christophe Coin, Hopkinson Smith, and Pedro Memelsdorff. In 2001, she won First Prize at the Antonio Vivaldi competition in Turin. Since then, Amandine Beyer has performed all over the world, as a soloist and concertmaster, but also with her own ensemble Gli Incogniti, which she founded in 2006. The ensemble approaches baroque and classical repertoire (Bach, Vivaldi, Couperin, Haydn, Mozart) in a spirit of freedom, pleasure, and sharing. At the same time, Amandine Beyer plays chamber music with partners such as Pierre Hantaï, Kristian Bezuidenhout, Andreas Staier, Giuliano Carmignola, ranging from the baroque to the romantic. In 2015, she created the Kitgut Quartet, a string quartet that exclusively plays on period instruments. Amandine Beyer’s discography, as a soloist or with Gli Incogniti, has been unanimously acclaimed by the critics and awarded the highest distinctions (Diapason d’Or, Choc de l’année, Gramophone Editor’s Choice, ffff by Télérama). A passionate mentor, Amandine Beyer has been teaching violin at the Scola Cantorum in Basel since 2010.

Performers

Directed by Amandine Beyer
Tafelmusik Orchestra

Program

Lalande Symphonie pour le souper du Roi  
Muffat “Laeta Poesis” (Joyful Petry) & “Graditudo” (Gratitude) 
Jacquet de la Guerre Sonate en trio 
Rameau Suite from the Paris Opera 

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