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Jean-Féry Rebel: Les Caractères de la Danse (The characters of dance, 1715) / La Terpsichore (1720) / Les plaisirs champêtres (1724)
Georg Philipp Telemann: Overture in G major “La Bizarre”, TWV 55:G2 / Overture in B flat major, TWV 55:B1 (from: Tafelmusik III)
Jordi Savall conducts the most beautiful ballet suites from the French rococo. When prima ballerina Marie Sallé lifted the hem of her antique garments in Paris, the contemporaries held their breath. Not even Terpsichore, the muse of dance, could have moved more gracefully. It took the goddess a mere eight minutes to present all dance characters in a single piece – thanks to Jean-Féry Rebel’s enchanting music. Telemann had to do without Sallé’s beautiful legs in Hamburg. Nevertheless, magical dances fell into his lap – as “Tafelmusik” for corpulent councilmen, not as “amuse-gueule” for the palates of the gallants of Paris.
Radiobroadcast: Fr., Aug. 11th, 07.30 pm, Ö1