- Quadro Viegas

- Duo Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas & Wim Brabants

Original chamber music with single-action harp (1770-1830)

The single-action harp in the style of Louis XVI has been manufactured in Paris from about 1760 to around 1820. Charles-Louis Favart reported already in 1761 that the new harp was very fashionable and that the ladies in Paris were almost mad to play it.
As it was the favorite instrument of Marie-Antoinette, interest in the harp increased in the Parisian nobility.

Many works for harp solo and harp combined with other instruments were written in this period, not only by well-known harpists such as Johann-Baptiste Krumpholtz (1742-1790) and François-Joseph Naderman (1781-1835), but also by other composers such as Louis Spohr (1784-1859) and Jan Ladislav Dussek (1760-1812), who’s wives were both gifted harp players.

For many years Wim Brabants has collected pieces for harp and flute as well as quartets and trios with harp from the period 1775-1830 in order to introduce this charming repertoire to the concert audience.

         
   

Quadro Viegas

'The golden age of the Louis XVI harp'

Two programs:

Holtzman harp (ca. 1779): quartets and trios from the period 1770-1796 for harp, flute, violin and violoncello, performed on historical instruments

Giuseppe Baur: Quartetto (ca. 1770)
John Erhardt Weippert: Sonata Op. 11 No. 1 (ca. 1796)
Johann Wilhelm Hertel: Trio (ca. 1770)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Trio (ca. 1775)
Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartetto Hob. XIV:F1 (1790)
Francesco Petrini: Divertimento (1774)


Erard harp (1819): quartets and trios from the period 1790-1810 for harp, flute, violin and violoncello

Franz Joseph Haydn: Quartetto in F major Hob. XIV:F1 (1790)
Jan Ladislav Dussek: Sonata in E-flat major Op. 34 No. 1 (1797)
Ignaz Walter: Quatuor in F major Op. 9 (1799)
Bernard Fattschek: Quatuor in G major Op. 1 (ca. 1800)
Gottlieb Heinrich Koehler: Serenade in C major Op. 62 (1809)

harp: Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas
flute: Wim Brabants
baroque violin: Marieke Vos / Ann Cnop
baroque violoncello: Herlinde Verheyden

Recordings:
- Ignaz Walter: 'Allegro' from Quatuor op. 9 (1799)
- Franz Joseph Haydn: 'Rondo' from Quartetto Hob. XIV:F1
- Bernard Fattschek: 'Allegro non molto' from Quatuor op. 1 (ca. 1800)
- Gottlieb Heinrich Köhler: 'Polonaise' from Serenade op. 62 (ca. 1806)

 
Instruments:

single-action harp: Godefroi Holtzman, Paris ca. 1779 / Sébastien Erard, Paris 1819
flute: Rudolf Tutz (Innsbruck) after Jean Hyacinthe Rottenburgh, Brussels ca. 1720 / Rudolf Tutz after August Grenser, Dresden ca. 1790
violin: David Rubio, London 1986 / Anonymous, Saxony 18th century
violoncello: André Mehler (Leipzig) after Domenico Montagnana, Venice ca. 1740
 
 

Duo Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas & Wim Brabants

   

Music for harp and flute from 1796 to 1830 on period instruments.

'Chamber music for Louis XVI harp and flute'

 

Repertoire:

Sonatas and Nocturnes by Anton Gottlieb Heyse, Louis Spohr, Gottlieb Heinrich Koehler, Robert Nicolas Charles Bochsa, Johann Andreas Amon, François Joseph Naderman and others

Instruments:

single-action harp: Sébastien Erard, Paris 1819
6-key/8-key flute: Rudolf Tutz (Innsbruck) after August Grenser, Dresden ca. 1790

Recording (YouTube):
- Anton Gottlieb Heyse: 'Grande Sonate' Op. 4 (1796)
- François Joseph Naderman: Allegro moderato from Sonata Op. 39 No. 3 (ca. 1815)
- Gottlieb Heinrich Köhler: Sonata Op. 49 (ca. 1806)

               
               

Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas is one of the most beloved Belgian harpists today. Born in 1980 as a daughter of a Portuguese father and a Belgian mother, she received her first harp lessons at the age of six from Brigitte Pichal at the Academy of Court-Saint-Etienne.

2005 she earned a Post Master with great distinction for harp as well as chamber music at the Antwerp Conservatory. Aurélie attended also many master classes with Skaila Kanga, Fabrice Pierre, Frederique Cambreling, Francette Bartholomee, Yvette Colignon and Jana Bouskova. With this last harpist she perfected her harp playing during two years.

An active teacher, Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas is the titular of the harp class at the Conservatory of Mechelen. As an orchestral harp player she is playing regularly with Prima La Musica and Il Novecento.
As a soloist with orchestra (among the Saint Peterburg State Symphony Orchestra) Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas has performed the Dances by Debussy, the concerto for harp by Handel, the concerto d’Aranjuez by Rodrigo and the concerto for flute and harp by Mozart.
Frequently she is performing recitals, such as for ‘Seduced by Harps’, ‘Jong geluid’, the ‘Festival der Voorkempen’ and the ‘Festival des Vaux de Cernay’.

Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas is an avid performer of chamber music. As a chamber musician she is performing concerts with a lot of different formations (duo, trio, quartet) and with her newest ensembles on historical instruments, using original single-action harps: Quadro Viegas (harp, flute, violin and violoncello) and Duo Aurélie Guerreiro Viegas & Wim Brabants (harp and flute).

Wim Brabants studied at the Antwerp, Ghent, Brussels and The Hague Conservatories under Frans Vester, Barthold Kuijken and other teachers. He took a master’s degree for the boehm flute and obtained first prizes for chamber music and traverso.

From 1977 to 2015 Wim Brabants has been teaching the flute and chamber music at LUCA, School of Arts, Campus Lemmens at Leuven.

He is founder and artistic leader of the ensembles ‘Le Plaisir des Dames’, ‘La Fonte Barocca’ and ‘Quadro Viegas’ .
His ensembles are invited to play numerous concerts all over Europe and the United States.

In 1992 he discovered three previously unknown sonatas for recorder and harpsichord by count Unico Wilhelm Van Wassenaer, which were edited in modern print in 1993. In 2015 an unknown flute concerto by Pierre-Gabriel Buffardin was revealed by him. Together with Frank Theuns he is editing some concertos of Quantz and both concertos of Buffardin.

Since 1995 Wim Brabants has been conducting his own orchestra: Brabelio. Nearly two hundred concerts with this orchestra have since then been performed all over Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

The Belgian Early Music Community has elected Wim Brabants as artist in residence for 2016.

Marieke Vos studied violin at LUCA, School of Arts at Leuven with Bernadette Bracke. She took a master’s degree with great distinction for violin as well as a teachers certificate.

She continued her violin studies with Elisa Kawaguti and Nico Baltussen and obtained afterwards a master’s degree with the greatest distinction for chamber music (Roel Dieltiens). Marieke Vos attended also many masterclasses in whole Europe. Her teacher for baroque violin was Makoto Akatsu.

Marieke Vos is currently engaged with ‘Bourdon Collectief’, ‘Concert d’Anvers’, ‘Ensemble a’, ‘Flanders Baroque Academy’, ‘Currende’ and ‘Quadro Viegas’. Together with Denis Roosen she is performing baroque music for violin and organ or harpsichord.

She teaches the violin at the Conservatory of Leuven and the Music Academy of Genk.

Ann Cnop was born in October 1981 in Vilvoorde (Belgium), where she gets her first violin lessons at the age of 7. A few years later she enters the Conservatory of Mechelen where she studies violin with Frans Vos and chamber music with Florent Van de Vondel. During this period, she also takes part in several violin and chamber music competitions and has the opportunity to perform as soloist with several orchestras.

At the age of 17 she chooses the Lemmens Institute in Leuven (Belgium) to study violin with Elisa Kawaguti and singing with Dina Grosberger. After obtaining her master violin degree (magna cum laude) in 2004, she enrolls at the Conservatory of Brussels to specialize in baroque violin with Sigiswald and Sara Kuijken and Luis Ottavio Santos. She concludes these four years of historical performance practice in a master’s degree (magna cum laude) and is awarded the Ingeborg Köberle Prize, an award annually given by the Brussels Conservatory to the two most meritorious students.

During her studies, she attends master classes with Johannes Leertouwer and Ryo Terakado (baroque violin) and Rainer Hoffmann (chamber music).

Ann is regularly seen as a soloist at major venues from Mexico to Japan. Under the direction of Sigiswald Kuijken she performed Bach’s concertos and Mozart’s Symphonie Concertante. With Il Fondamento she played the violin concerto in e of Felix Mendelssohn.

She also participates in concerts and recordings with renowned ensembles such as La Petite Bande (Sigiswald Kuijken), Il Fondamento (Paul Dombrecht), Europa Galante (Fabio Biondi), Concert Royal Köln (Karla Schröter), Bach Concentus (Ewald Demeyere), Les Agrémens (Guy Van Waas), Il Gardellino (Marcel Ponseele).

Since 2013, Ann is concertmaster of the German orchestra Concerto Foscari (Hannover), plays in duo with Luc De Vos (piano) and is the first violin of the string quaret Quatuor a4.

Currently she is doing extensive research on the performance practice of the Romantic repertoire. This is also the subject of her PhD (University of Ghent).
Ann is also a teacher of violin and baroque violin at the Royal Conservatory of Ghent.

Herlinde Verheyden started her cello studies at the age of eleven with Viviane Spanoghe and later studied with Peter Devos at the Conservatory of Leuven.
In 1998 she became laureate of Axion Classics (Pro Civitate), the national competition for music and word, organized by Dexia.

She continued her studies at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp where she was taught by Mirel Iancovici and France Springuel. Moreover she followed several masterclasses in Belgium and abroad with a.o. Marie Hallynck, Didier Poskin, Marcio Carneiro, Michal Kanka (Prazak Quartet), Alexander Ivashkin, Tilmann Wick, Vladimir Perlin and Gavriel Lipkind.

In 2001 she was principal cellist at the Philharmonic Youth orchestra of Flandres conducted by Robert Groslot. Nowadays she works freelance for the Royal Flemish Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hermes-Ensemble, I Musici Fiamminghi and baroque orchestra's as Collegium Ad Mosam, Il Fondamento, Les Agrémens, The Antwerp Baroque Orchestra,...

Herlinde is mainly active in the world of chamber music: she is a violoncellist of the Donnacorda String Quartet, the duo ‘AmuZe-gueule’ with pianist Gill Masson and the baroque ensemble aRoma.

From November 2006 till May 2008 she toured with her string quartet with the production Import/Export (Les Ballets C. de la B.), with countertenor Steve Dugardin through Canada, Russia, the Middle East and Europe. She has studied at the Queen Elisabeth Chappell in Brussels with this quartet.

Herlinde was active as a violoncello teacher at the Music Academy of Antwerp and taught ad interim at déKunsthumaniora in Antwerp, the Music Academies of Schoten, Merelbeke and Oudenaarde.

 

               
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