Michel-Richard Delalande: Symphonies pour les Soupers du Roy

Elbipolis Barockorchester Hamburg, Jürgen Groß
61:48
Challenge Classics CC72664

This music is truly delightful – it’s easy to see why the Sun King made Delalande such a prominent figure in the musical life of his court. Reconstruction of the inner parts has been skilfully undertaken, though for my tastes and, I suspect, those of the time, the changes of sonority within movements are over-elaborate and unnecessary. I also doubt the use of the recorder at 4’ pitch. But what is done, is done very well. In the booklet, the note apparently from the point of view of one of the original players is unconvincing though the main essay is fine.

David Hansell