Making his Tafelmusik debut this season is French/Italian violinist Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants and an artist whose “remarkable direction is coupled with superb violin playing, ease, and virtuosity” (ForumOpera).

This concert takes its cue from the rivalry between the distinct French and Italian baroque styles epitomized by the music of Lully and Corelli. Both were revered in their respective countries as composers and as orchestral leaders. We spend the first half of the program in their company, contrasting Corelli concertos with a suite from Lully’s opera Atys. 

Headlining the second half is music by two women whose talent caught the attention of King Louis XIV: Antonia Bembo, the remarkable Italian baroque pioneer who developed a singular musical language during her exile in France, and Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, a French musical prodigy turned composer who secured royal patronage.  

The French and Italian styles are united in works by Georg Muffat, who studied with both Corelli and Lully. François Couperin composed Apotheoses honouring both Corelli and Lully, which culminate in a sonata titled “La paix du parnasse” (Peace in Parnassus), celebrating the reconciliation of the two styles. 

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Running Time
2 hours
Style of Music
Baroque (orchestral)

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

October 13, 2023 8:00 pm
October 14, 2023 8:00 pm
October 15, 2023 3:00 pm

Emmanuel Resche-Caserta 

Guest Director and violinist

The young Franco-Italian baroque violinist Emmanuel Resche-Caserta has been concertmaster of Les Arts Florissants since 2017. He regularly leads various ensembles in France, Spain, and Belgium, and was appointed baroque violin instructor at the Amsterdam Conservatory in 2022.  

After completing studies in Italy, France, Spain, and the US, Emmanuel created his own ensemble, Exit, with whom he has recorded for the Label Passacaille. His first solo recording is dedicated to violin music from Southern Italy in the 17th century, featuring some hidden treasures from Rome, Sicily, and Naples. His second recording focuses on a 1686 outdoor concert given by Corelli in Rome in honour of Louis XIV with a massive orchestra: Trionfo Romano was recorded at the Château de Versailles, and also recreated at the French Embassy (Palazzo Farnese) in Rome. This year sees him conducting Gasparini’s oratorio Atalia in Rome and Versailles with Hemiolia ensemble. 

Hear from Emmanuel on the Tafelmusik blog.


Directed by Emmanuel Resche-Caserta, violin


Corelli Concerto grosso op. 6, nos. 4 & 7
Lully Suite from Atys
Antonia Bembo Overture from Ercole amante
Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre Suite from Céphale et Procis
Couperin Sonade La paix du Parnasse
Muffat Ciaconna from Propitia Sydera

Program notes

In this blog post, learn more about the music from Vive la différence

And, get to know guest director and soloist Emmanuel Resche-Caserta in our interview

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