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Dragons’ Delight
Symphonie des Dragons
Jeanine Krause Artistic Director, European Division
Beate Bartelmeß
Peter A. Bauer
Antonello Cola
Wolfgang Dey
Victor Gutu
Arie Hordijk
Dagmar Nilles
Yoshio Takayanagi
Clemens Schlemmer
Wolfram Schweickhardt
Naomi Sladdin
Gabi Vogel
Ursula Vogt
Eduard Wesly

Symphonie des Dragons begins this exciting program at the elegant Paris opera with a suite from Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre’s 1694 tragédie lyrique, “Céphale et Procris“, which the composer dedicated to her sovereign, the Sun King, Louis XIV. The curtain falls and time stands still as the Dragons invoke otherworldliness by intoning Frederick the Great’s beguiling “royal theme”, the inspiration for Johann Sebastian Bach’s mesmerizing Musical Offering. After the mind and soul bending craft of two of Bach’s canons, the beat of the drum leads back to earth and into nature. As the sun rises, the Dragons march into the fields, breathing life into a suite of vibrant tunes lovingly preserved by Louis XIV’s court librarian and oboist, André Danican Philidor, the younger.
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