Cover L'Opéra du Roi Soleil

Album Info

Album Veröffentlichung:
2019

HRA-Veröffentlichung:
24.10.2019

Label: Aparté

Genre: Classical

Interpret: Katherine Watson, Les Ambassadeurs & Alexis Kossenko

Komponist: Marin Marais (1656-1728), Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), Andre Campra (1660-1744)

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  • Louis de Lully (1664 - 1734):
  • 1Orphée: "Ah ! Que j'éprouve bien l'amoureuse flamme"06:14
  • Marin Marais (1656 - 1728):
  • 2Alcyone: Ouverture03:14
  • 3Ariane et Bacchus: "Croirai-je, juste ciel ! Ce que je viens d'entendre ?"04:47
  • 4Ariane et Bacchus: Symphonie du sommeil01:40
  • 5Ariane et Bacchus: Air pour les flûtes01:13
  • André Campra (1660 - 1744):
  • 6Idoménée: Chaconne02:42
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632 - 1687):
  • 7Acis et Galatée: "Enfin, j'ai dissipé la crainte…"05:32
  • Henri Desmarest (1661 - 1741):
  • 8Circé: "Sombres marais du Styx, Cocyte, Phlégéton…"03:27
  • 9Circé: "Calmez votre violence…"02:10
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully:
  • 10Psyché: "Deh, piangete al pianto mio..."06:11
  • Jean-Baptiste Stuck (1680 - 1755):
  • 11Thétis et Pélée: "Non sempre guerriero…"03:52
  • André Campra:
  • 12L'Europe galante: "Mes yeux, ne pourrez-vous jamais…"04:03
  • 13Télèphe: Sarabande01:39
  • 14Télèphe: "Soleil, dans ta vaste carrière…"01:48
  • 15Télèphe: "Charmant Père de l'harmonie…"01:24
  • Marin Marais:
  • 16Ariane et Bacchus: Rondeau01:06
  • André Campra:
  • 17Télèphe: "Quelle épaisse vapeur tout à coup m'environne ?"01:49
  • Marin Marais:
  • 18Alcyone: Marche pour les Matelots01:55
  • André Campra:
  • 19Idoménée: "Espoir des malheureux, plaisir de la vengeance…"04:09
  • Marin Marais:
  • 20Alcyone: Deuxième Air des Matelots01:01
  • Michel Pignolet de Montéclair (1667 - 1737):
  • 21Les Fêtes de l'été: "Mais, tout parle d'amour dans ce riant bocage !"03:13
  • André Campra:
  • 22Idoménée: "Coulez, ruisseaux ; dans votre cours…"02:35
  • Jean-Baptiste Lully:
  • 23Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme: Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs02:27
  • Jean-Baptiste Stuck:
  • 24Polydore: "C'en est donc fait, le roi n'a plus de fils…"05:03
  • Total Runtime01:13:14

Info zu L'Opéra du Roi Soleil

Built around the young soprano Katherine Watson and suggested by the conductor and flutist Alexis Kossenko, supported by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, this operatic program revives the splendor of Versailles.

Blending operatic airs and instrumental pieces, this baroque collection offers a selection of the major works of the Sun King’s court, from André Campra to Marin Marais, but rediscovers as well several long-forgotten works from this period, as Louis de Lully’s opera Orphée.

It also allows us to glimpse into the dramatic power of the rôles tendres, that mostly suit to women in love, leading roles of the tragédie lyrique, and for which Katherine Watson proves to be the ideal interpreter. The smoothness of her timbre and the clarity of the orchestra, under Alexis Kossenko’s sure direction, reveal all the treasures of these French airs that explore the depths of the human soul.

Often exposed to torments, victims of the avarice of the gods, suffering from love and cruelty, the heroines of the tragédie lyrique nevertheless embody tragic beauty and majesty.

Katherine Watson, soprano
Les Ambassadeurs
Alexis Kossenko, conductor




Katherine Watson
was a choral scholar at Trinity College, Cambridge, and a year after graduating won a place on William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix.

In 2012 she won Glyndebourne's much coveted John Christie award, appearing as Fairy/Nymph in The Fairy Queen (Cummings 2012), then going on to perform the role of the goddess Diana in Hippolyte et Aricie (Christie 2013).

In 2015 Katherine played the title role in Handel's Theodora in the Théâtre des Champs Elysées (Christie/Les Arts Florissants), and during a busy program in 2016 did various BBC Proms (Christie/Cohen). In 2017 Katherine played the heroine Armelite in Zoroastre (Curnyn) in Berlin, and as Giunone in Il Ritorno d'Ulisse in Patria at the Theatre Champs Elysee (Haim). Also in 2017 Katherine sings in Miranda (Pichon/Ensemble Pygmalion) and Opera Imaginaire (Niquet/Concert Spirituel). In 2018 Katherine sings Iphis in Jeptha (Christie/Les Arts Florissants) and in King Arthur (McCreesh/Gabrieli Consort and Players).

Katherine is a talented soprano who has worked with many celebrated conductors including Stephen Layton, Nicholas Kraemer, Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Cohen, Paul Agnew, Emmanuelle Haim, Harry Bickett, Sir Roger Norrington, Laurence Cummings and Philip Pickett.

She has performed in operas across Europe including Italienne/Phantome Medee (Haim), Virtù/Damigella L’incoronazione di Poppea (Teatro Real, Madrid), and Cassandra La Didone (Caen, Luxembourg and Paris with Christie) as well as Phani Les Incas du Pérou.

Concerts with Christie include Iphis Jephtha (Paris, Moscow and Vienna) and Diana Actéon and 2nd Woman Dido and Aeneas (New York). For Haim she has sung Cleopatra’s arias from Giulio Cesare (Lille), a programme of Rameau arias (Frankfurt) and a Monteverdi Gala at the Festspielhaus, Baden Baden. Other recent concerts include Bach’s Jauchzet Gott and Handel arias with Bickett and the English Concert, and with trumpeter Tine Thing Helseth at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012, as well as a concert of Handel, Bach and Mozart with James Gilchrist (Kraemer/Icelandic Symphony Orchestra) and Handel’s Apollo e Dafne (Cohen/Carnegie Hall, New York). As a Classical Opera Young Artist she performed the roles of Barbarina, Celia Lucio Silla and Hyacinthus Apollo et Hyacinthus at Cadogan Hall.

Oratorio work includes Handel Messiah and Bach Christmas Oratorio (on Radio 3 with the OAE and AAM) and Bach St John Passion, Haydn Nelson Mass and the Mozart Requiem (Layton), Bach B Minor Mass in Winchester cathedral, Dixit Dominus in Lincoln Cathedral, and Mozart Exsultate Jubilate in Westminster Abbey.

In addition to her work in baroque repertoire, Katherine has performed Mahler 4th Symphony, Lutosławsky Chantesfleurs et Chantesfables and Barber Knoxville – Summer of 1915 at St John’s Smith Square (Keable/Kensington Symphony Orchestra), Symphonia Antarctica (Layton/City of London Sinfonia) and Britten Les Illuminations (Williams).

Her discography includes Bach Christmas Oratorio (Layton/OAE/Trinity College Choir), and Caterina Oratorio di Santa Caterina (Headley) as well as DVD recordings of Cassandra La Didone (Opus Arte), and Virtù/Damigella Poppea (EMI). See also a Hyperion recording of Monteverdi madrigals with Cohen and Arcangelo.

As a recitalist, Katherine has performed Mozart and Schubert songs in the Festspielhaus Baden Baden, songs by Alma Mahler in Hungary, and Schumann, Strauss, Poulenc and Messiaen songs in recitals in the UK.

Other engagaments have included Messiah in Bilbao and Seville, and with the Hallé orchestra in the Bridgewater Hall (Howarth); a programme of Monteverdi, a tour of Rameau arias to the Far East and Rameau Castor et Pollux in Dijon (all with Haim), Apollo e Dafne in Chicago, and a tour of the Christmas Oratorio with Rousset and of Rameau Grands Motets (Niquet and Christie).



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