Rameau: Concerts en sextuor – Les Accents, Thibault Noally

May 12, 2022, 9:00 am

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Transcriptions for string sextet of Jean-Philippe Rameau’s Pièces de clavecin en concerts of 1741, the Concerts en sextuor were published by Camille Saint-Saëns in the monumental edition of Rameau’s works that he undertook in the 19th century. Previously, they had existed only in a manuscript bearing the name Decroix and dated 1768 (four years after Rameau’s death). These concerts, consisting of typical French character pieces, evoking a place, a temperament, or a person, show the composer’s skills at capturing character, mood, and color. This performance on period instruments by Thibault Noally and Les Accents brings out all the warmth of this chamber version of Rameau’s compositions.