Luc Beauséjour has the works of J. S. Bach right at his fingertips. He demonstrates just what that means in this program entirely dedicated to the works of the universal master. Experience the sonic power and richness of the organ through Luc Beauséjour’s irresistible brilliance. The magnificent abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac is the perfect setting for this spectacular recital.
JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685-1750)
Fantasia in C Major, BWV 570
Duet No. 3 in G Major, BWV 804
Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 545
Pastoral in F Major, BWV 590
Toccata in D Minor, BWV 565
O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde groß (Choral), BWV 622
Fantasia in G Major, BWV 572 (“Organ Piece”)
Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Choral), BWV 731
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Choral), BWV 645
Passacaglia in C Minor, BWV 582
Never short of ideas when it comes to offering concert programs imbued with authenticity and refinement, Luc Beauséjour is an exceptional harpsichordist and organist.
The naturalness of his harpsichord playing, the remarkable attention he gives to proportions and to a singing quality have made him a one-of-a-kind artist.
– Le Devoir
He is a highly sought-after musician not only for his virtuosity and the subtlety of his playing but also for his outgoing personality and the ease with which he communicates with his audiences. Luc Beauséjour leads a very active concertizing career. He has performed as a soloist in North and South America as well as in Europe. He was named “2003 Performer of the Year” by the Conseil Québécois de la Musique and has won Félix awards for two different recordings at the Gala de l’ADISQ in Québec (2002 and 2006). His love of Bach’s music has led him to perform Cantor’s works for harpsichord and for organ almost in their entirety. Beauséjour has carried out over 35 recording projects, either as a soloist or as a musical director. He has collaborated with many internationally acclaimed artists, including Julie Boulianne, Karina Gauvin, Shannon Mercer, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, James Ehnes, Hélène Guilmette, Philippe Sly, and Hervé Niquet.
Since 1994, he has been the artistic director of the ensemble Clavecin en Concert, an organization whose mission is to promote music written for the harpsichord both as a solo instrument and as part of an orchestra. Teaching is also an important part of Beauséjour’s musical activities. He is a music professor at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and at the Université de Montréal.