Testimonials

 

“The six-voice Canards are highly animated performers, playing off of each other with visual theatricality that bordered on mugging, but never at the expense of elegant vocalism.”
– Philadelphia Inquirer, 2016

“Five parts like a gurgling brook, a thin trickle, a line of light; polyphonic melody competing for sublimation…their musical interpretation transcending the composition in a refreshing and unpretentious concert.”
– Beijing Central Conservatory of Music, 2016

“Among the most impressive performances were those of Les Canards Chantants, which presented a brilliant and moving program of late Italian madrigals—this was some of the best Gesualdo and D’India you are likely to hear…”
– Early Music America Magazine, 2015

“Tuesday’s performance by Les Canards Chantants at Old South Church’s Gordon Chapel …[melded] many short pieces into a continuous, integrated performance. Yet without in any way diminishing their attention to the poetry, the “Singing Ducks” instilled their superb performances with the liveliness and theatricality that were historically an important part of the madrigal tradition….I would hope to see the Canards given the opportunity to display their creative approach—and their equally polished singing—in a regular Festival event.”
– The Boston Musical Intelligencer, 2015

“The quintet—at times a quartet or trio, as the music demanded—was superb.  In the concert’s most magical moments, I ceased to distinguish individual voice parts and was transported by the sheer angelic beauty of pure song. The group offered just enough information on each composer to keep the historical mind intrigued. They were at times reverent, at times playful.”
– Bryn Athyn Post, 2014.

“The perfectly balanced voices of the vocal ensemble ‘Les Canards Chantants’ merged from the duo and trio sections into a powerful whole, allowing the individually-flung melismatic passages to transparently emerge. The ensemble…brilliantly held the tension across the vast, sophisticated melodies of the English Early Renaissance.”
– Soester Anzeiger, 2013

“Semi-staged versions of madrigal comedies by Adriano Banchieri and Andrea Gabrieli…provoked justified chortles.”
– York Press, 2011

“The audience was led through Poole’s Cavern in atmospheric darkness, with pools of light as needed but never more than just enough for safety… They introduced the pieces as we moved from one place to another… explaining the historical context in a way that really increased the impact of the music, as did the secret or hidden location, the darkness, the fantastical shapes of the stone above and around us, the occasional drips of water, and the wonderfully resonant acoustic.”
– Buxton Fringe Festival, 2010

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