Date(s) - 12/13/2018
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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The fall of the Ancien Régime radically re-shuffled the social order throughout European capitals, ushering in a new era in inter-religious understanding and mass democratization.
As the ghetto walls separating Jew from gentile came tumbling down along with the unquestioning acceptance of clerical and royal authority, a newly ascendant bourgeois class demanded new compositions for the domestic sphere, with popular references and playable scores accessible to those with neither an aristocratic pedigree nor a piano.
Songs for soprano and early Romantic guitar by Domenico Cimarosa, Girolamo Crescentini, Charles Doisy, Joseph Haydn, Domenico Puccini, and Fernando Sor join jewel-like arrangements from the popular operas of the day by Gioachino Rossini and Fromental Halévy, speaking of an age of liberation and a growing taste for bel canto singing.
The historic Brotherhood Synagogue on Gramercy Park, housed in a mid 19th-century structure that was once a stop on the Underground Railroad, sets the stage for songs from an age of liberation.
A dramatic intensity that honored the text.
– The New York Times
Pascal Valois and his instrument are united in an absolutely masterful and rigorous delivery.
– Journal Le Métropolitain de Toronto
gentle and affecting … intense and dramatic … a joyous luminosity
– Lute News, UK
An extraordinary voice, very clear diction, rich and inimitable sound.
– Monica Huggett