Founded by Baroque oboist Debra Nagy, Les Délices has established a reputation for unique programs that are “thematically concise, richly expressive, and featuring composers few people have heard of.” The New York Times added, “Concerts and recordings by Les Délices are journeys of discovery.” The group’s debut CD was named one of the “Top Ten Early Music Discoveries of 2009” (NPR’s Harmonia).
Les Délices has been featured on NPR’s syndicated Harmonia and Sunday Baroque; their debut CD was featured as part of the audio-guide for a special exhibit at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art (Watteau, Music, and Theater). Highlights from recent seasons included performances for Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, San Francisco Early Music Society, the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments, and at Columbia University’s Miller Theater.
An essential element in the ballroom and on the theater stage, music for dancing is at the heart of French Baroque style. Les Délices’ program includes Rebel’s brilliant Caractères de la Danse (a fantasia choreographed for a single virtuoso dancer), a scene from Rameau’s Pigmalion, solo suites for oboe and viol by Philidor and Marais, and the earthy, rollicking dances of Boismortier’s Ballets de Village.