Released between 2000 and 2006, these three CDs have been among ATMA Classique's best sellers, both in Canada and internationally.
Producer Johanne Goyette has described how the project began. Surprising though it may seem, it was during a session in which Les Boréades were recording 17th-century Italian music that the idea that became the Beatles Baroque series was born. The atmosphere in the studio had become somewhat giddy, and we were turning everything we had to record - a melodic turn of phrase here, a harmonic sequence there - into improvisations on Beatles' songs. In short, it became impossible to finish the recording. 'Let's be serious,' I said, not very seriously. 'We'll record the Beatles later on ' And they held me to my word! Eric Milnes, a wholehearted fan of the Fab Four, got down to the task of conceiving and transcribing the songs of the Beatles for an ensemble of Baroque instruments.
Both in Canada and abroad, critics and the public have been unanimous in hailing the Montreal-based ensemble Les Boréades for its energy and spontaneity, and for the theatricality, expressiveness, and elegance of its music-making. Founded in 1991 by recorder- and flute-player Francis Colpron, Les Boréades is made up of instrumentalists who specialize in performing early music.
Eric Milnes, a native of New York, has won praise from international critics for conducting and performing at early music festivals, notably those of Utrecht, Bremen, Regensburg, Passau, Boston, New York, Montreal, Vancouver, Ottawa, Berkeley, and San Francisco. Mr. Milnes is a graduate of Columbia University and of The Juilliard School, both in New York.
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