For the occasion, Tafelmusik chose a sure-fire program that fell perfectly within their baroque wheelhouse: J.S. Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4, a set of dances from Rameau’s Les Indes Galantes, and, finally, Handel’s Water Music.
From the outset, it was apparent that both Citterio and the Tafelmusik Orchestra were simpatico. They were as one in the sharply dotted rhythms of the Overture in the Bach, there was sweet concord in the stately menuets, and the boureés danced with a unanimous energy. The Rameau that followed presented the band and its guest director with fresh challenges. Especially in the second movement, Tambourins, there were some tricky changes in tempo that were tightly brought off.