Ovid’s Metamorphoses, an inspiration to composers over the centuries, is the basis for incandescent cantatas by Jean-Philippe Rameau, including his retelling of the epic of Orpheus and Eurydice.
A genre unique to the Baroque, a cantata resembles a mini-opera for one or two voices, complete with recitatives and arias.
We turn to this marvelous music of 18th-century France to close our 2023-24 season. This is music that encompasses graceful and simple vocal melodies with virtuosic embellishments and inventive harmonies in a wonderful dramatic style.
Joining a featured soprano will be a quartet of violin, traverso, viola da gamba, and harpsichord, performing works by Marais and Leclair, and featuring one of Telemann’s masterful Paris Quartets.