Les Délices

Les Délices

The Tastes Reunited

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - 3:00 pm
St. Philip's In The Hills Episcopal Church
4440 N. Campbell Ave. (at River Road)

The James R. Anthony Memorial Concert


F. Couperin: L'Astrée
Clérambault: L'Impromptu
Dornel: Sonate pour le haubois et basse continue
Rebel: Quatrième Trio "La Junon"
Jacquet de la Guerre: Sonata in C minor
Chauvon: Sixième Suite from Tibiades (1717)
Duphly: Chaconne
F. Couperin: La Françoise from Les Nations (1726)
F. Couperin: Sonade
F. Couperin: Chaconne ou Passacaille

Although imported Italian music was contraband at court in late seventeenth-century France, the Italian sonata's rhythmic vitality and harmonic clarity inspired a new generation of French composers eager to try their hand at writing in the Italian style. Les Délices captures the essence of this French-Italian fusion with sonatas by François Couperin, Louis-Nicolas Clérambault, and Jean-Féry Rebel that date from the 1690s, when the style was fresh and still controversial.

Les Délices presents polished, expressive, and dynamic performances of masterpieces and little-known works from the French Baroque. They bring together artists with national reputations who share a passion for this exquisite repertoire. Their performances on period instruments explore a rich tapestry of tone colors, and the group's name conveys their approach to the music of this era: a delight, a fine delicacy, sumptuous and exciting.

Featuring Debra Nagy, baroque oboe; Scott Metcalfe, baroque violin; Emily Walhout, viola da gamba; Lucas Harris, guitar & theorbo; and Michael Sponseller, harpsichord.