Explore the elaborate orchestral textures of the French baroque, including music that earned the orchestra a JUNO award and Grammy nomination.

Following her remarkable Tafelmusik debut in 2021/22, violinist Leila Schayegh was immediately invited to return as soloist and guest director for a program devoted to sublime French baroque music. She brings “multicoloured delicacy and suppleness” (Gramophone) to Leclair’s Violin concerto in E Minor, featured on her critically acclaimed 2022 recording.  

The Enlightenment idealism that captured the French imagination in the 18th century infuses the orchestral selections on this program, starting with Rebel’s groundbreaking 1737 work, Les Élémens, which depicts the chaotic moment when time itself began. Considered something of a radical composer in his day, Rameau created a stir at the Paris Opera when producing his first opera a few years earlier. The originality and inventiveness of his dramatic works is also displayed in his lighter opera-ballets: a suite of instrumental movements from Les Indes Galantes offers the full palette of 18th-century orchestral sonorities and textures. Our concert closes with the Chaconne from the composer’s Dardanus—music for which Tafelmusik has received a JUNO Award and a Grammy nomination.

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Running Time
About 120 minutes
Style of Music
Baroque

Jeanne Lamon Hall, Trinity-St. Paul’s Centre

May 12, 2023 8:00 pm
May 13, 2023 2:00 pm
May 14, 2023 3:00 pm

Leila Schayegh

Guest director & violin soloist 

Leila Schayegh is among the most visible violinists in the early music scene, with a busy international career. She has developed a close collaboration with Jörg Halubek, harpsichordist, organist, and director. Their 2016 recording of Bach’s six obbligato sonatas was awarded numerous prizes. Her collaboration with director and harpsichordist Vaclav Luks led to the recordings of Benda’s violin sonatas and Mysliveček’s violin concertos. She plays regularly with Gli Angéli Genève (directed by Stephan MacLeod), notably in the almost complete series of Bach’s cantatas. She’s recently expanded her repertoire towards the classical and romantic period, and has recorded the Brahms violin sonatas with Jan Schultsz. In 2020 she recorded Bach’s famous Sonatas and Partitas, and the complete Leclair violin concertos with La Cetra Basel has just been released.

Born in Winterthur, Switzerland, Leila is professor of baroque violin at her alma mater, the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, as successor of her teacher Chiara Banchini.

Credits

Leila Schayegh guest director & violin soloist

Program

Jean-Féry Rebel Les Élémens

Jean-Marie Leclair Violin Concerto in E Minor, op. 10, no. 5

Jean-Philippe Rameau Suite from Les indes galantes + Chaconne from Dardanus

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