Les Délices

Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 3:00 PM
La Maison Française of New York University
16 Washington Mews, MANHATTAN

Les Délices, critically-acclaimed masters of the French Baroque, make their 5BMF debut with two performances of their new program Conversations galantes.

The program – also being heard in New York City for the first time – explores rarely heard instrumental gems from the salons of 1750s Paris. Featuring scintillating works from the French Rococo – music from the eve of an aesthetic revolution – these works from the 1740s and 1750s challenge expectations about Baroque music: they mix the humor and wit of early Haydn and Gluck, a little of CPE Bach’s sturm und drang, and characteristically lush French harmonies together to create a truly unique sound. The result is a fusion of baroque gestures and classical forms that combine with harmonic and technical virtuosity to yield expressive extremes.

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Performers
Debra Nagy, baroque oboe
Julie Andrijeski and Scott Metcalfe, baroque violins
Michael Sponseller, harpsichord
Katie Rietman, cello

Program
François-André Philidor (arr. Nagy): Suite from Tom Jones
Louis de Caix d’Hervelois: Suite in G (1730)
Louis-Gabriel Guillemain: 5eme Sonate in F from Conversations Galantes (1743)
Jean-Philippe Rameau: Pièces de Clavecin en concert – 2eme Concert (1741)
Jean-Marie Leclair: Sonata no. 1 in b minor from Op. 12 (1747)
François-André Philidor: Sinfonia IV in Bb from l’Art du Modulation (1755)

About the Venue
Founded in 1957 by Professor Germaine Brée, La Maison Française of New York University occupies a 19th century carriage house on historic Washington Mews. For over five decades, this unique institution has served as a major forum for French-American cultural and intellectual exchange, offering contemporary perspectives on myriad French and Francophone issues through a rich program of lectures, symposia, concerts, screenings, exhibitions, and special events.