Lea Desandre - Amazone

 
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Lea Desandre - Amazone
Lea Desandre (mezzo) / Jupiter, Thomas Dunford, with Cecilia Bartoli & Véronique Gens

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Release Date: Friday 1 October 2021

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The original concept of Lea Desandre's Amazone is based on music of the Baroque period written specifically on the subject of the Amazons, the mythical race of female warriors. Amazone has been recorded with the magnificent ensemble Jupiter and conductor Thomas Dunford.

Lea Desandre explores the fascinating ways that composers treat their Amazonian characters, particularly interesting figures in that they embody a "male/female" duality. Gender ambiguity, which plays a role in so many operatic plots, provided an infinite source of dramatic and musical inspiration.

Amazone has three special guests, true stars in the world of Baroque music: Cecilia Bartoli and Véronique Gens appear in separate duets with Lea, and William Christie features on harpsichord in a piece by Couperin.

"We very quickly learn just how characterful Desandre can be with her amused, laughing reactions to women in battle in 'Non posso far', and the dark glitter of her voice in the melancholic 'Lasciatemi morire', both from Provenzale's Lo schiavo di sua moglie. Technically and stylistically, too, she is very accomplished."
5 out of 5 stars (Performance) / 4 out of 5 stars (Recording) - BBC Music Magazine

"This is a stonkingly good album. It makes me wonder: what exactly are these enviously intelligent, inventive and generous musicians drinking?" Gramophone Editor's Choice Awards Issue 2021

Tracks:

Provenzale: Lo schiavo di sua moglie: "Non posso far" (Lucillo)

Cavalli: Ercole amante, Act 1: Sinfonia

Provenzale: Lo schiavo di sua moglie: "Lasciatemi morir, stelle crudeli" (Menalippa)

Viviani: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Muove il piè, furia d'Averno" (Mitilene)

Giuseppe De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Io piango" - "Io peno" (Mitilene, Armidoro)

Schürmann, G C: Die getreue Alceste: Sinfonia pour la tempête (1719 Hamburg Version)

Carlo Pallavicino: L'Antiope

Philidor, A: Les Amazones: "Venez, troupe guerrière" - "Puisque tout est tranquille" - "Combattons, courrons à la gloire" (Thalestris, Hippolyte)

Couperin, L: Couperin, L: Passacaille in C Major

Destouches, A: Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Faible fierté, gloire impuissante" (Thalestris)

Marais, M: Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d'un goût étranger: No. 68, L'Amériquaine

Destouches, A: Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Ô mort ! Ô triste mort" (Thalestris)

Jean Rondeau: Postlude improvisé
with Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)

Couperin, F: Couperin, F: Second Livre de pièces de clavecin, Dixième Ordre: VI. L'Amazône
with Jean Rondeau (harpsichord)

Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: I. Allegro

Giuseppe De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Che farai misero core" (Mitilene)

Schürmann, G C: Die getreue Alceste: "Non ha fortuna il pianto mio" (Hyppolite)

Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: II. [Andante]

Giuseppe De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni

Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: III. Allegro

Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte:
"Onde chiare che sussurrate" (Ippolita)
"Scenderò, volerò, griderò" (Antiope)

Dunford: Amazones

Lea Desandre & Véronique Gens sing Philidor: Les Amazones duet