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Myths & Allegories

by Les Délices

This classical concept-album weaves vivid depictions of tales from Homer’s Odyssey together with chamber music inspired by the famous epic.
Genre: Classical: Baroque
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1. Ouverture Les Délices
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2. Rondeau Les Délices
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3. Sarabande Les Délices
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4. Air Des Sauvages Les Délices
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5. Prélude Les Délices
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6. Recit: Après Avoir Vaincu Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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7. Air: L'amour, Par Nos Voix Vous Appelle Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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8. Recit: La Flotte D'ulisse Charmée Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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9. Air: Fuyés, Fuyés Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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10. Recit: Par Ces Sages Conseils Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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11. Air: Belles, Dans Vos Yeux Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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12. La Fidelle Les Délices
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13. Marche Les Délices
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14. Combat Des Armes Blanches Les Délices
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15. Concert Sous La Tente Du General Les Délices
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16. Fugue Les Délices
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17. Le Canon Et La Mousqueterie Les Délices
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18. Fanfare Sur Le Champ De Bataille Les Délices
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19. Prélude Les Délices
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20. Recit: Après Mille Travaux Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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21. Air: Sur Une Mer Orageuse Et Profonde Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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22. Recit: Il En Fremit Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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23. Air: Pour Perdre Ce Guerrier Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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24. Air: Venez, Minerve Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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25. Recit: Vos Voeux Sont Éxaucez Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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26. Air: Dormez Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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27. Recit: Mais, Quel Songe Se Mêle Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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28. Air: Ulisse, Que La Gloire Appelle Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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29. Air: C'est Vous, Mon Cher Ulysse Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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30. Chaconne Les Délices
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31. Air: Que C'est Un Plaisir Extrême Les Délices & Clara Rottsolk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story of that man skilled in all ways of contending, the wanderer, harried for years on end...

Les Délices brings to life the tales of Homer's famous epic with the release their 2nd album, “Myths & Allegories.” An imaginative collection of French Baroque music inspired by the Odyssey, the album weaves together vocal settings of Homer's tales with instrumental music inspired by his stories, including original adaptations of cantatas and excerpts from Jean-Fery Rebel's opera Ulysse by director Debra Nagy.

The Odyssey’s central theme – and the source of its universal appeal – is the enduring strength of love, hope, and fidelity, and their ability to withstand tests of time and tribulation. The Odyssey’s hero, Ulysses, confronts storms at sea, shipwreck, the tantalizing allure of siren songs, and magical slumber – all set to music in this colorful concept-album from Les Délices.

“Myths & Allegories” features American soprano Clara Rottsolk in Thomas-Louis Bourgeois little-known, early cantata Les Sirènes (1708), and Elisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre’s Le Sommeil d’Ulisse (1715) – an extended dramatic work that borrows features from opera. Acclaimed baroque violinist Julie Andrijeski presents the world-premiere recording of Jean-Féry Rebel’s adventurous, early sonata “La Fidelle,” which bursts with emotion and energy. Baroque oboist Debra Nagy contrasts Ulysses’s military campaigns with the more private, painful experiences of war in Michel Pignolet de Montéclair’s suite La Guerre. In the end, Ulysses & Penelope are joyfully reunited in airs from the closing scene of Rebel’s only opera, Ulysse (1703).

Taking up Bruce Haynes’s challenge from The End of Early Music (Oxford University Press, 2007), Les Délices is not just a “cover band.” Improvisation and composition in historical styles are touchstones of Les Délices’ approach. For this disc, Les Délices’ director Debra Nagy composed additional instrumental parts for both cantatas and excerpts from Jean-Féry Rebel’s 1703 opera Ulysse in an effort to seamlessly adapt these works to the ensemble. The resulting scores respond sensitively and stylistically to the original source materials, and are new, beautiful, and authentic in their own right.

Featured performers on this disc include soprano Clara Rottsolk, Baroque oboist and director, Debra Nagy, violinist Julie Andrijeski, Emily Walhout (viola da gamba), and Michael Sponseller (harpsichord).


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