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Age of Indulgence / Les Delices


Release Date: 06/09/2017 
Label:  Navona   Catalog #: 6098  
Composer:  Francoi-Andre PhilidorMichel BlavetJean-Philippe RameauJean-Pierre Guignon,   ... 
Performer:  Julie AndrijeskiKarina SchmitzMichael Sponseller
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

On their Navona debut Age of Indulgence, early music ensemble Les Delices presents an exquisite compendium of unique and rare instrumental music from the last generation of French Baroque composers. The album's repertoire shines a spotlight on lesser-known - yet powerfully skilled - composers active in the most important circles of mid- and late-eighteenth century Parisian musical society. The instrumental works on the album are elegantly detailed with many of the dominant French and European musical ideas of the era, including several of the genres that lay at teh core of Baroque music. Conveyed in the immaculate performances of Les Delices' acclaimed instrumentalists, Age of Indulgence is a sophisticated look back to a rich crossroads in Read more the history of French music. Echoing the spirit of chamber arrangements of excerpts from Jean-Philippe Rameau's operas, Age of Indulgence presents adapted selections from the composer's operatic oeuvre with Extraits d'operas. The ensemble's arrangements include selections from Rameau's Les Fetes de l'Hymen, the 1744-version of Dardanus and Les Boreades. Though Les Boreades was never produced in the 18th century, the surviving score contains remarkable music and suggests a fanciful staging. Its Entree de Polymnie replete with cascades of flowing scales and layered suspensions that approach the sublime. Age of Indulgence provides snapshots for the most important trends in French composition in the eighteenth century. We hear the unique characteristics of the French Baroque, namely lush harmonies, and ornate melodic embellishments, as well as intricate counterpoint and virtuosic instrumental writing suggestive of German and Italian trends, respectively. The album's works are made mroe poignant when one considers the composers on the album were among the final generation of Baroque composers. Their music pays tribute not only to earlier generations of French artists, but also bids farewell to the Baroque Era itself. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
L'art de la modulation: Quartet No. 5 in C Major by Francoi-Andre Philidor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
2.
Sonatas (6) for Flute and Basso Continuo, Op. 2 "Mélées de pičces": no 2 in D minor by Michel Blavet
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1732; France 
3.
Les Boréades by Jean-Philippe Rameau
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
4.
Pieces a 2 Vionons, Op. 8: Les Sauvages by Jean-Pierre Guignon
Performer:  Julie Andrijeski (Baroque Violin), Karina Schmitz (Baroque Violin)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 
5.
Pičces de clavecin, Book 1: no 4, Rondeau by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Michael Sponseller (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; France 
6.
Pičces de clavecin, Book 2: no 3, La Félix by Jacques Duphly
Performer:  Michael Sponseller (Harpsichord)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1748; France 
7.
L'art de la modulation: Quartet No. 1 in G Minor by Francois-Andre Philidor
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Délices
Period: Baroque 
Written: France 

Customer Reviews

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 A delightful album of music from the French Baroq July 2, 2017 By Dean Frey See All My Reviews "The Cleveland-based ensemble Les Delices was founded by oboist Debra Nagy in 2009. This collection of pieces from the French Baroque has been put together to highlight the high quality and variety of the music from that period, and the style and musicianship of these fine players. There are some fairly obscure composers here; Duphly, Philidor and Guignon won't be showing up on many classical music favourites lists. But all of this music makes pleasurable listening. This is mainly music from the late Baroque, with an appealingly mannered way of spinning earlier tropes through unexpected textures and harmonies, leaving some traces of Italian instrumental virtuosity but with an unmistakable French style and grace. Then there are a few pieces of true genius that pop up, like the sublime Entrée de Polymnie from Rameau's Les Boréades, and this Tambourins from his Dardanus. It all comes together to make a truly delightful album." Report Abuse
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