FRENCH BAROQUE / BOISMORTIER – DANDRIEU – LOEILLET

25 June 2022, Saturday
Time 19:00
The Palace on the Isle in the Royal Łazienki Museum in Warsaw

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While most eighteenth-century composers sought patrons at courts, Joseph Bodin de Boismortier (1689-1755) – thanks to a royal privilege – printed and sold the scores of his own compositions. That way, this highly popular French composer not only made a fortune but was also able to work independently, which was unique at that time. In his work, he successfully combined elements characteristic of his national style with the achievements of Italian artists. Thanks to his excellent sense of harmony, extraordinary talent, as well as knowledge of the musical tastes of contemporary listeners, his vocal and instrumental pieces were eagerly performed by contemporary musicians. The concert will feature works from both genres: one of the melodious sonatas and two cantatas from the series Les 4 saisons (Four Seasons) – Le Printemps (Spring) and L’Été (Summer) – interpreted by the great soprano Olga Pasiecznik.

The program will be complemented by instrumental works by Jean Baptiste Loeillet (1688-ca. 1720), known especially for his rich body of work composed for the flute, and by Jean-François Dandrieu (1682-1738). The latter, a child prodigy, performed in front of high-ranking courtiers at the age of five, and later went down in history as an outstanding organist and composer. His talent shines especially bright in the inventive and charming trio sonatas.

PROGRAM

Jean Baptiste Loeillet – Sonata op. 2 No. 10
Largo | Allegro | Allegro

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier – Le Printemps
I. Les fougueux aquilons ont fait place au Zephire
II. Venez sous feuillages
III. J’entens des Concerts d’allégresse
IV. L’amour ordonne la fête
V. Regne, amour, fais voler tes armes
VI. Le retour de la jeune Flore
VII. Les graces, les jeux innocents

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier – Sonata en trio op. XXXVI/2
Allegro | Adagio | Allegro

Jean-François Dandrieu – Sonata en trio No. 1
Adagio | Allegro | Adagio | Giga–Allegro

Joseph Bodin de Boismortier – L’Été
I. L’Ardente Canicule a tari nos fontaines
II. O toy qui repands
III. Mais quel est mon erreur
IV. Moissonnez ces fertiles plaines
V. Cependant, le Soleil, termine sa carriere
VI. Zephire agite ces feuillages
VII. O Nuit, cache aux yeux indiscrets les faveurs du Dieu

 

PERFORMERS

OLGA PASIECZNIK SOPRANO

THE PERIOD INSTRUMENTS ENSEMBLE OF THE POLISH ROYAL OPERA CAPELLA REGIA POLONA

KRZYSZTOF GARSTKA HARPSICHORD, CONDUCTOR