Molinari Quartet: Intimate Concerts, summer 2021

July 3, 4 and 18, 2021

The Fables of La Fontaine

The Quatuor Molinari and guest harpsichordist and narrator Catherine Perrin recount fables by Jean de La Fontaine to music by Gougeon and Rameau. Also on the program is Samuel Barber’s Quartet op.11.

To celebrate the start of the vacation season, this concert will be free for children aged 12 and under!

Based on a work that has stood the test of time, this show will appeal to adults and children alike. Indeed, “Les Fables de La Fontaine” have lost none of their topicality; they feature cunning, vain, tender or slightly silly animals, playing out little human comedies.

La Fontaine’s words are recited by Catherine Perrin (a well-known Radio-Canada host), and illustrated by original music for harpsichord and string quartet by composer Denis Gougeon. The harpsichord becomes a hare, racing with the “turtle quartet”, or a frog, trying to match the size of an “ox quartet”! The music by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764), performed on the harpsichord by Ms. Perrin and the Quatuor Molinari, is full of color and imagery, and completes the sound backdrop.

In all, ten fables forming as many poetic and musical tableaux will be offered to the public.

The Glass Quartet
July 18, 2021, 1pm and 4pm

The Molinari Quartet continues its work on the string quartets of American minimalist composer Philip Glass with Quartets Nos. 5, 6 and 7.

These quartets are richly harmonic, and contain some of the liveliest music around. Minimalist indeed, but imbued with a multitude of colors, textures and styles.

Immerse yourself in the extraordinary musical universe of Philip Glass through his work for string quartet.