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SOLSTICE

Who are we? A group of musicians passionate about chamber music, brought together by the flautist Isabelle Lamfalussy. With our period instruments, our musicological knowledge and our interpretative freedom, we present the incredibly diverse repertoire covering the period 1700-1830, from the late baroque to the rococo, from classicism to romanticism – not only Bach, Leclair and Handel, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, but also the Bach sons, Delange, Couperin, Kirnberger, Mysliveček, Godecharle, Hummel, Reicha, Danzi and so on.

Our love of tone-colour encourages us to devise programmes that mix the families of instruments – woodwinds, strings and keyboards. The ensemble has a variable line-up, ranging from two to ten players, depending on the programme chosen and the wishes of the organisers.

Since its foundation in 1997, Solstice has performed at the Automne Musical de Spa, the Festival de Lasne, the Festival de Wallonie, the Bozar (Brussels Centre for Fine Arts), the Festival van Vlaanderen, the Midis-Minimes lunchtime concerts, the Université Catholique de Louvain, Liège University, the Charleroi Palais des Beaux-Arts, Koerich in Luxembourg and elsewhere.

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MF8013 Sonate e Sonate a tre
Herman-François Delange
Sonate e Sonate a tre

ENSEMBLE SOLSTICE
Isabelle Lamfalussy, traverso
Mariette Holtrop, violon
Bernard Woltèche, violoncelle
Bart Jacobs, clavecin 
 
During the 18th century, the Italian style had an influence upon musical production in Liège, affecting both instrumental and vocal music. The establishment in 1699 of the Collège Liégois in Rome was to play a significant part in this process of cultural importation.
Herman-François Delange, scholarships from the Darchis Foundation, was to exemplify this musical development. Particularly drawn to the Neapolitan school, he introduced its expressivity and its melodic colours to the prince-bishopric and so contributed to the establishment there of a typically Neapolitan Italianate style. He leaved us a body of work in the galant style with refined and pleasant melodies, modestly defining a bridge between the old baroque style and the advent of classicism. His few surviving works display a real talent and establish Delange as a significant figure in the development of chamber music in Belgium.

 
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