Age of Indulgence

Navona Records: NV6098

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Age of Indulgence

Catalogue No:

NV6098

Release date:

9th June 2017

Barcode:

0896931003988

Length:

55 minutes

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Age of Indulgence


Julie Andrijeski (baroque violin), Karina Schmitz (baroque violin), Michael Sponseller (harpsichord)

Les Délices

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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 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.

François-André Danican Philidor: L'art de la modulation

L'art de la modulation: Quartet No. 5 in C Major

Michel Blavet: 6 Sonates mêlées de pièces, Op. 2, Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Minor

6 Sonates mêlées de pièces, Op. 2, Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: I. La Vibray. Andante

6 Sonates mêlées de pièces, Op. 2, Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: II. Allemanda. Allegro

6 Sonates mêlées de pièces, Op. 2, Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: III. Gavotte. Moderato "Les caquets"

6 Sonates mêlées de pièces, Op. 2, Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: IV. Sarabanda. Largo

6 Sonates mêlées de pièces, Op. 2, Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Minor: V. Allegro

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Boréades, RCT 31 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble)

Les Boréades, RCT 31 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble): Air gracieux

Les Boréades, RCT 31 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble): Entrée de Polymnie

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Les Fêtes de l'Hymen, RCT 38 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble)

Les Fêtes de l'Hymen, RCT 38 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble): Sarabande en rondeau

Jean-Philippe Rameau: Dardanus, RCT 35 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble)

Dardanus, RCT 35 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble): Chaconne

Dardanus, RCT 35 (Arr. for Chamber Ensemble): Tambourins

Jean-Pierre Guignon: Pièces de différens auteurs, Op. 8

Pièces de différens auteurs, Op. 8: Les Sauvages

Jacques Duphly: Pièces de clavecin, Book 1, Suite No. 1

Pièces de clavecin, Book 1, Suite No. 1: Rondeau

Pièces de clavecin, Book 2

Pièces de clavecin, Book 2: La Félix

François-André Danican Philidor: L'art de la modulation

L'art de la modulation: Quartet No. 1 in G Minor

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