Jane H. Galante Concert Series: Les Délices

Sunday, April 25, 2021, 3:00 pm
Photo of five members of Les Délices standing and holding their instruments in front of a stained-glass window

Les Délices (pronounced Lay DAY-lease) explores the dramatic potential and emotional resonance of long-forgotten music. Founded by baroque oboist Debra Nagy in 2009, Les Délices has established a reputation for its unique programs that are “thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of.” The New York Times added, “Concerts and recordings by Les Délices are journeys of discovery.” Free.



“Woman Scorned” explores universal themes of desire, jealousy, shame and revenge by giving voice to the spurned lovers of antiquity. Rising star soprano Hannah De Priest gives voice to the sorceress Circe in a bone-chilling cantata by Colin de Blamant, and wreaks vengeance as the witch Medea in works by Clérambault and Couperin.

  • Sonade from La Françoise (1726), François Couperin (1668-1733)
  • Medée (1710), Louis-Nicolas Clérambault (1676-1749)
  • Vertigo (1746), Pancrace Royer (1703-1755)
  • Circé (1729), Colin de Blamont (1690-1760)

Program notes (pdf)

Les Délices

  • Hannah De Priest, soprano
  • Julie Andrijeski, violin
  • Debra Nagy, oboe & recorder
  • Rebecca Reed, viola da gamba
  • Mark Edwards, harpsichord
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