First Fridays: Les Délices

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On this live edition of First Fridays, Les Délices performed selections from their season finale, a program called Concertos Comiques. This all-instrumental program for oboe, recorder, violins, viola da gamba, and baroque guitar showcase instrumental virtuosity. Joseph Bodin de Boismortier and Michel Corrette were gifted musicians and shrewd businessmen with a flair for both comedy and drama. Each had a knack for responding to contemporary trends and competing fashions while developing unique personal styles that integrated the vogue for Italian music together with popular songs and so-called “pastoral chic.”

Debra Nagy, baroque oboe
Julie Andrijeski & Scott Metcalfe, baroque violin
Josh Lee, viola da gamba
Simon Martyn-Ellis, theorbo & baroque guitar

Program
Corrette: Concerto no. 1 Le Mirliton - Mvt. 1 Allegro
Corrette: Sonata no. 2 from Les Délices de la Solitude
Corrette: Concerto no. 6 Le Plaisir des dames
Boismortier: Quartet in g minor, Op 34 no. 1
Corbetta: Folies d’Espagne
Mouret: Suite from Ragonde (Marche – Air Paysan – Menuets – Charivari)
Corrette: Concerto no. 25 - mvt 3 (La Furstemburg)

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