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Telhado Church - Famalicão - 9pm


When the festival contacted me and gave me carte blanche to choose the repertoire, the Baroque period was obvious. Also obvious was the choice of a partnership with the organist, harpsichordist and conductor Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas, one of the most important French musicians of his generation with whom I have the pleasure of collaborating in his ensemble Les Surprises. It was also a pleasure to choose our programme with him around the production of outstanding composers of that period, in intimate moments of their great works, some for organ - by Picchi, Du Mont and Rameau, who is best known for his operas - others where organ solos alternate with accompanied singing, as in the pieces by his friends Peter Cornet and Peter Philips, one sacred and the other profane on the theme of Amarilli mia bella by Caccini, and also in the pearls of vocal music by Monteverdi, Charpentier and Purcell, such as the solo from Tis Nature's Voice, which was sung with great verve by the composer himself, as the newspapers of the time attest. I've also allowed myself to include a tribute to Nicolau de Figueiredo, a harpsichord virtuoso who left us so soon and who introduced me to Campra's magnificent motet Quam Dulce Est. The name of the programme was suggested by Rodrigo Teodoro de Paula, the festival's artistic director, because of the pleasure he got from discovering all these musical gems together. It's a pleasure for both of us to share with the public, in the ephemeral time of a concert, an impression of the universe of these Baroque geniuses who inspire and nourish our existence through the scores they left humanity.

Marcio Soares Holanda

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A tenor born in Brazil, MARCIO SOARES HOLANDA was a member of the São Paulo Symphonic Choir, with which he collaborated not only in the tenor section but also as a soloist under the direction of conductor Naomi Munakata. Based in France, since 2000 his career has been associated with the group Les Arts Florissants directed by the famous William Christie, and he has taken part in the most prestigious international festivals. Since then he has also collaborated with A Sei Voce, Le Concert Spirituel, Le Concert D' Astrée, Choeur de Chambre de Namur, Ensemble Pygmalion, Ensemble Aedes, Choeur de Chambre Les Elements, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, La Chapelle de Flandres, The New Baroque Times, Ensemble les Surprises among other renowned groups, in a vast repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to Classicism, from the sacred to the profane. He has performed roles such as Acis from Haendel's Acis and Galatea and also Lully, Bastien from Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Don Carlos and Tacmas from Rameau's opera Les Indes Galantes, the tenor solos from Haendel's Messiah, the Evangelist and the arias from Bach's Passions according to St John and St Matthew, as well as numerous works by composers such as Purcell, Monteverdi, Charpentier, Campra, Mondonville, Couperin, among others. In Portugal, he is a founding member of the Capella dei Signori together with conductor Ricardo Bernardes, as well as a frequent collaborator with the Americantiga Ensemble.

LOUIS-NOËL BESTION DE CAMBOULAS studied the organ, the harpsichord, chamber music and conducting at the Paris and Lyon Conservatoires (CNSMD). Among his teachers were Louis Robilliard, Jan Willem Jansen, Michel Bourcier, Nicolas Brochot, François Espinasse, Yves Rechsteiner, Olivier Baumont and Blandine Rannou. He has won prizes at several international organ competitions: the Grand Prix d’Orgue Jean-Louis Florentz of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, First Prize by unanimous decision of the judges at the Gottfried Silbermann Organ Competition in Freiberg (Germany), Second Prize at the Saint-Maurice Competition (Switzerland) and First Prize at the prestigious Xavier Darasse Competition in Toulouse. In 2013 he received the title of Young Echo Organist of the Year. Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas has given organ recitals in France – Paris (church of La Madeleine, Auditorium de Radio France), Toulouse (Festival Toulouse les Orgues) – and elsewhere in Europe, including Germany (Berlin Cathedral), the Netherlands (Alkmaar), Switzerland, Italy and Monaco (International Organ Festival). He has also worked with such conductors as Hervé Niquet, Arie Van Beek and Roberto Forés Veses. His research on the composers François Rebel and François Francœur was recognised by the award of the Déclics Jeunes scholarship of the Fondation de France. Louis-Noël Bestion de Camboulas is also director of Les Surprises, an ensemble specialising in the vocal and instrumental repertory of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with which he has already appeared in several European countries, Canada and Palestine. He is currently completing his residency at the Fondation Royaumont as organist of the Abbey’s Cavaillé-Coll instrument.




Giovanni Picchi (1572-1643)

1 - Toccata et Ballo (organ)

Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)

2 - Nigra sunt

3 - O quam pulcra est

Peter Cornet (c. 1563-c.1626)

4 - Salve Regina (organ alternating with gregorian chant)

Giulio Caccini (c. 1560-1618)

5 - Amarilli mia bella

Peter Philipps (1561-1628)

6 - Amarilli mia bella (organ)

Henry Du Mont (1610-1684)

7 - Pavane et Courante

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)

8 - Lauda Sion

9 - Egredimini ,V motet du Saint Sacrement

Jean-Phillipe Rameau (1683-1764)

10 - Air tendre et Air Vif

Andre Campra (1660–1744)

11 - Qual Dulce est

12 - Salve Regina

Henry Purcell (c.1659-1695)

13 - Ground (organ)

14 - If music be the food of love

15 - This Nature’s voice


TIME: 60’

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