Les Plaisirs: Secular Baroque Cantatas

April 21, 2021, 10:00 pm

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What brings us joy? The simple things: friends, music, a piping hot cup of coffee. In 18th-century Europe, coffee was still a rather rare and not widely available beverage. On this edition of Baroque&Before, Collegium Marianum celebrates Baroque Europe’s coffee craze, along with a variety of delights and pleasures.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert March 5, 2019, in the Prague Castle’s Lobkowicz Palace. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’ll be able to offer tonight’s program as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the stream is accessible.


Christoph Graupner (1683-1760)
Entrata per la Musica di Tavola
Suite for two flutes, strings and basso continuo
Parts 1, 2, 4

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
text: Christian Friedrich Henrici aka Picander (1700-1764)
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 (Coffee Cantata)

Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749)
Les Plaisirs, overture in E minor
Overture — Air — Les Plaisirs (Vitement) — Menuet I & II — Rigaudon — Air — Gavotte en rondeau

Nicolas Bernier (1665-1734
Le Caffé cantata for soprano, flute or violin and continuo
from “Cantates françaises ou musique de chambre” 3rd Book, No. 4
Prélude — Agreable caffé, Recitative — Favourable liquer, Aria — L’Astre dont chaque nuit la clarté, Recitative — Caffé, du jus de la bouteille, Aria

Jean-Baptiste Drouart de Bousset (1662-1725)
Amis, ne faisons plus la guerre from “Air à boire”
for tenor and baritone

Jean-Baptiste Drouart de Bousset (1662-1725)
Permettez-moi de boire / Je vous permets de boire from “Eglogue Bachique”
for soprano, tenor, and baritone

Johann Bernhard Bach (1676-1749)
La Joye from “Suite for Orchestra No. 4 in D”

Collegium Marianum, Lenka Torgersen, violin and leader
Lore Binon, soprano; Tomáš Lajtkep, tenor; Tomás Král, baritone, Jaromír Nosek, bass