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Ensemble Masques

The international slate of early-music specialists known as Masques is acclaimed for their expressiveness, the eloquence of their interpretations, and the dynamic musical involvement of each member.  The name of the ensemble is inspired by the masques of Elizabethan England — mystical performances that fused poetry, music, dance and drama.  The six members of Masques, who hail from Canada, France, Australia, Finland and Belgium, work as a chamber ensemble without conductor.  Their uncommon chemistry combines razor sharp ensemble with a spontaneity and freedom that brings to life the inherent theatricality of 17th and 18th century repertoire.  Recent tours have taken Masques across Europe, where appearances have included in Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Austria, Germany, and in the UK at London’s Wigmore Hall.  Masques albums received many distinction such as the Diapason D'or, Choc from Classica, Gramophone Editor’s Choice and FFFF from Telerama.