June 1, 2019
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Tesserae with Christophe Rousset
Christophe Rousset, harpsichord & guest conductor
Gilone Gaubert-Jacques, concertmaster
Liv Redpath, soprano
Alex DeSocio, baritone
Beneath the stately dome of a 1907 Beaux Arts landmark, the founding director of Les Talens Lyriques leads the “mighty yet nimble” period-instrument orchestra Tessarae Baroque and vocal soloists in a program of dramatic music by two giants of the Baroque — and almost exact contemporaries — George Friderich Handel and Jean-Philippe Rameau. Conducted with Rousset’s “sparkling dynamism” (Classica), Handel’s youthful secular cantata for soprano and bass, Apollo e Dafne, will be followed by suites, arias and duets from operas by Handel (Ariodante) and Rameau (Les Indes galantes and Dardanus).