Les Voix Humaines (Canada)
Consort viol da gamba
Johann Sebastian Bach Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080
Their musical complicity has been compared to the skill of two trapeze artists or the telepathic communion of a pair of jazz saxophonists! Susie Napper and Margaret Little, the two gambists of Les Voix humaines, have been thrilling audiences worldwide with dashing performances of early and contemporary music for viols since 1985. They are renowned for their spectacular arrangements of a wide variety of music for two viols and have become a world reference for the music of Sainte-Colombe. They received the Opus Award 2007 for PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR from the Conseil québécois de la musique.
Les Voix humaines has invited prestigious artists to join them in concert and recordings, such as Wieland and Barthold Kuijken, Charles Daniels, Suzie LeBlanc, Daniel Taylor, Rinat Shaham, Matthew White, Eric Milnes, Skip Sempe and Stephen Stubbs. The duo is regularly joined by some of Montreal’s finest young viol players to form the Voix Humaines Consort specializing in the vast 17th-century repertoire for viol consort. Their recent recording of J. S. Bach’s Art of the Fugue will be available in stores in May 2013!
Les Voix humaines has recorded some forty discs which have received critical acclaim and prestigious awards (DIAPASON D’OR, Choc du Monde de la Musique, Repertoire-Classica 10, Goldperg 5, Classics Today 10/10, Prix Opus, etc). They include the complete Poeticall Musicke of Tobias Hume, The 4 Seasons of Christopher Simpson, the complete Le Nymphe di Rheno of Johannes Schenck, several discs with soprano Suzie LeBlanc and countertenor Daniel Taylor, a Telemann disc with renowned Belgian flutist Barthold Kuijken, a Marais disc with world famous gambist Wieland Kuijken and Purcell’s complete Fantasias for viols. Their recording of the complete Concerts a deux violes esgales by Sainte-Colombe (4 double CDs) is a world premiere, and the fourth volume was awarded a DIAPASON D’OR. Les Voix humaines record for the ATMA label.
The duo has toured in North America, Mexico, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, China and Japan, performing is prestigious festivals such as Early Music Vancouver, the Festival Internacional Cervantino, the Brighton International Music Festival, the Festival Oude Musiek, Holland, the Boston Early Music Festival, the Summer Festivities of Early Music in Prague and the Israel Festival.