Ensemble Caprice

Ensemble Caprice

Ensemble Caprice

Friday, September 29, 2023
7:30 PM

St. Andrew’s United Church
9915 148 St. NW Edmonton, AB [directions]

With a flourishing career of some 20 recordings and performances in dozens of countries, Ensemble Caprice is recognized as one of today’s leading baroque ensembles.


Sweet! Chocolate and Bach’s French Connexion

Ever since cacao arrived from South America via Spain in France, chocolate became the fashion of the day at the royal court in Versailles and in Central Europe. It is notable that the Lutheran J.S. Bach was not at all adverse to these in his days somewhat exotic pleasures. His music was performed in the Coffeehouse Zimmermann, and in 1745 the Riquet family from France opened a store in Leipzig, offering sweets like chocolate and pralines… It goes without saying that Bach savored both the chocolate as well as French music with its delicious flavors. After all French barque music is to the ear what chocolate is to our taste buds: a symphony of ecstatic sensations!

Rémi Médard (17th century)
Sarabande espagnole

Mateo Flecha (1481-1553)
La Justa

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704)
Chaconne Sans frayeur

Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764)
Airs and Dances for the Theatre
Air tendre-Gavotte pour les heures et les Zéphirs-Entrée-Tambourin

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Aria, Ei wie schmeckt der Coffee süsse, BWV 211 (arr.)

Joseph-Nicolas-Pancrace Royer (1703-1755)
Le Vertigo

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
Les folies d’Espagne

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Chaconne, BWV 1004 (arr. Matthias Maute)

Michel Corrette (1707-1795)

François Couperin (1668-1723)
Le Tic-Toc-Choc(olat)

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Musette (from Anna Magdalena Notebook)

Anonymous (18th century)
Contredanses parisiennes
Rigaudon-Rondeau-Le Poivre-Le Prince Torge-Les manches vertes-Le Pistolet-Les sept sauts