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Pascal Valois and Jessica Gould

In the Wake of the Marseillaise – Pascal Valois and Jessica Gould

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Date(s) - 12/13/2018
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM

Brotherhood Synagogue


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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.

Pascal Valois, French Canadian virtuoso on early Romantic guitar, playing an instrument constructed in 1821 joins soprano and Salon/Sanctuary artistic director, Jessica Gould.

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

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