The Four Nations Ensemble

The Four Nations Ensemble


January 30, 2016

6:00 PM-7:30 PM

Clark Center

Join The Four Nations Ensemble for the first in a series of three evenings of Baroque music inspired by paintings in the Clark’s collection. Musicians embrace the theme of “goddess and laundress” in French eighteenth-century music to complement works by François Boucher and Hubert Robert. The core ensemble of soprano Pascale Beaudin, two violins, cello, and harpsichord are joined by Grammy Award-winning tenor Aaron Sheehan and master viola da gambist Josh Lee for music by Couperin, Rebel, Guillemain, Rameau, and Clérambault. After the concert, Executive Chef Dan Hardy will prepare a family-style French country supper. Tickets are priced separately; click here for details.

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At 5:30 pm, join Four Nations Director Andrew Appel in conversation with Interim Senior Curator and Marx Director of Exhibitions Kathleen Morris. Appel and Morris will talk about two paintings by François Boucher—Vulcan Presenting Arms to Venus for Aeneas (1756) and Laundresses in a Landscape (1760)and the topic of goddess and laundress, from both art historical and musical perspectives.


Sonata 7, Tombeau de M. de Lully (1695)     Jean-FéryRebel (1666–1747)
no indication—Vivement—Le Regrets

Two arias Les Fetes de l’Hymen et de l’Amour (1747)     Jean Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
L’Entretien des Muses (1724)
Belles amusez vos amans
Heureux Oiseaux

Sonata VIII in C minor for violin and continuo (1734)     Louis-Gabriel Guillemain (1705-1770)
Vivace—Gratioso—Allegro ma non presto


Pieçes de violes (1728)     F. Couperin (1668-1733)
Prélude—Fuguette—Pompe Funébre—
La Chemise Blanche

Medée (1710)     Louis Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
Cantata for voice and instruments

Four Nations concerts and programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.  

Photo: Left, from top: Olivier Brault and Tatiana Chulochnikova, violin; center: Director Andrew Appel, harpsichord; right, from top: Pascale Beaudin, soprano and Loretta O’Sullivan, cello (image © David Rodgers Photography)