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Label: Warner Classics

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Vocal

Artist: Lea Desandre, Jupiter & Thomas Dunford

Composer: Francesco Provenzale (1624-1704), Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani (1638-1692), Giuseppe de Bottis (1678-1753), Pietro Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676), Georg Caspar Schürmann (1672-1751), Carlo Pallavicino (1630-1688), Andre Danican Philidor (1652-1730), Louis Couperin (1626-1661), Francois Couperin (1668-1733), Andre Cardinal Destouches (1672-1749), Marin Marais (1656-1728), Jean Rondeau

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  • Francesco Provenzale (1624 - 1704):
  • 1Provenzale: Lo schiavo di sua moglie: "Non posso far" (Lucillo)01:31
  • Francesco Cavalli (1602 - 1676):
  • 2Cavalli: Ercole amante, Act 1: Sinfonia02:26
  • Francesco Provenzale:
  • 3Provenzale: Lo schiavo di sua moglie: "Lasciatemi morir, stelle crudeli" (Menalippa)03:20
  • Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani (1638 - 1693):
  • 4Viviani: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Muove il piè, furia d'Averno" (Mitilene)01:14
  • Giuseppe De Bottis (1678 - 1753):
  • 5De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Io piango" - "Io peno" (Mitilene, Armidoro)04:56
  • Georg Caspar Schürmann (1672 - 1751):
  • 6Schürmann: Die getreue Alceste: Sinfonia pour la tempête (1719 Hamburg Version)01:08
  • Carlo Pallavicino (1630 - 1688):
  • 7Pallavicino: L'Antiope: "Vieni, corri, volami in braccio" (Antiope)02:35
  • 8Pallavicino: L'Antiope: "Sdegni, furori barbari" (Celinda)01:13
  • André Danican Philidor (1652 - 1730):
  • 9Philidor: Les Amazones: "Venez, troupe guerrière" - "Puisque tout est tranquille" - "Combattons, courrons à la gloire" (Thalestris, Hippolyte)04:19
  • Louis Couperin (1626 - 1661):
  • 10Couperin, L: Passacaille in C Major03:01
  • André Cardinal Destouches (1672 - 1749):
  • 11Destouches: Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Faible fierté, gloire impuissante" (Thalestris)04:05
  • Marin Marais (1656 - 1728):
  • 12Marais: Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d'un goût étranger: No. 68, L'Amériquaine04:57
  • André Cardinal Destouches:
  • 13Destouches: Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Ô mort ! Ô triste mort" (Thalestris)02:24
  • Jean Rondeau (b. 1991):
  • 14Rondeau: Postlude improvisé02:44
  • François Couperin (1668 - 1733):
  • 15Couperin, F: Second Livre de pièces de clavecin, Dixième Ordre: VI. L'Amazône01:49
  • André Cardinal Destouches:
  • 16Destouches: Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Quel coup me réservait la colère céleste ?" (Marthésie)04:28
  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678 - 1741):
  • 17Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: I. Allegro01:40
  • Giuseppe De Bottis:
  • 18De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Che farai misero core" (Mitilene)03:53
  • Georg Caspar Schürmann:
  • 19Schürmann: Die getreue Alceste: "Non ha fortuna il pianto mio" (Hyppolite)02:23
  • Antonio Vivaldi:
  • 20Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: II. [Andante]02:29
  • Giuseppe De Bottis:
  • 21De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Lieti fiori, erbe odorose" (Mitilene)04:13
  • 22De Bottis: Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Sdegno all'armi, alle vendette" (Mitilene)02:05
  • Antonio Vivaldi:
  • 23Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: III. Allegro01:17
  • 24Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710: "Onde chiare che sussurrate" (Ippolita)07:05
  • 25Vivaldi: Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710: "Scenderò, volerò, griderò" (Antiope)01:37
  • Thomas Dunford (b. 1988):
  • 26Dunford: Amazones02:11
  • Total Runtime01:15:03

Info for Amazone

Little wonder that the fast-rising mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre, being of French-Italian descent, chose to present a sumptuous selection of French and Italian arias from the baroque era, ranging from the Neapolitans Francesco Provenzale and Giuseppe de Bottis or Venice’s fabled Vivaldi, to France’s celebrated Grand Siècle luminaries such as Couperin, Destouches and Philidor, and reaching as far as Germany where Saxon composer Georg Caspar Schürmann and Italian-born Carlo Pallavicino developed their careers – at Saxon courts, indeed, but still in the realm of Italian opera that was then all the rage.

Lea Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Cecilia Bartoli, mezzo-soprano
Veronique Gens, soprano
William Christie, harpsichord
Jupiter Ensemble
Thomas Dunford, theorbe, direction

Lea Desandre
French-Italian mezzo-soprano Lea Desandre was 20 when she was awarded a place on William Christie’s Le Jardin des Voix Academy. In 2017 she was named Vocal Disovery at the Victoires de la Musique Classique Awards. She studied with Sara Mingardo in Venice and can also look back on a 12-year period of training as a ballet dancer.

Since 2015 Lea Desandre has been acclaimed in various roles, including Urbain (Les Huguenots), Rosina (Il barbiere di Siviglia), Annio (La clemenza di Tito), Sesto (Giulio Cesare), Dido (Dido and Aeneas), Messaggera (L’Orfeo), Flerida in Cavalli’s Erismena and the title role in Marais’ Alcione.

In 2018 she delighted her audiences at the Paris Opéra Comique in a fully-staged one-woman show, Et in Arcadia ego, with music by Rameau. ​

She made her Salzburg Festival debut at Whitsun 2018 in Offenbach’s La Périchole under Marc Minkowski, returning that same summer as Amore and Valletto (L’incoronazione di Poppea) under Christie/Lawers and at Whitsun 2019 for Caldara’s oratorio La morte d’Abel and for the gala concert Farinelli & Friends with Cecilia Bartoli. In the summer 2019 she was heard as Vénus in Orphée aux enfers under Mazzola/Kosky and for the 100 years of the Festival, she made her debuts as Despina (Cosi Fan Tutte) under Mallwitz/Loy.

Concert appearances and song recitals have taken her to London’s Wigmore Hall, the Vienna Musikverein, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Philharmonie de Paris, the Opéra National de Bordeaux, the Grand Théâtre de Genève, the Sydney Opera House, the Tchaikovsky Concert Hall in Moscow, Shanghai Symphony Hall ... ​

As a committed chamber recitalist she also appears regularly with the lutenist Thomas Dunford and his Jupiter ensemble. In addition to the above-named conductors, she has also worked with John Eliot Gardiner, Louis Langrée, Raphaël Pichon, Jordi Savall, Emmanuelle Haïm, Enrique Mazzola and Leonardo García Alarcón. ​

Lea Desandre’s CDs include Barricades with Jean Rondeau, Vivaldi with the Jupiter ensemble, Handel: Italian Cantatas with Sabine Devieilhe, Berenice, che fai? with Opera Fuoco and Cities with Thibault Cauvin.

Plans for 2020/21 include Hippolyte et Aricie at the Opéra Comique, Idamante (Idomeneo) at the Berlin State Opera, L’Amour (Orphée et Eurydice) in Versailles, Annio (La Clemenza di Tito) at the Salzburg Whitsun Festival and Cherubino (Le nozze di Figaro) at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence. A concert tour celebrating the release of her first solo album, Amazones (Erato), will take her and the Jupiter ensemble to the Philharmonie de Paris, the Berlin Philharmonie, the Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Festival de Pâques d’Aix-en-Provence and elsewhere. She will also be heard as Tamiri in a concert performance of Il re pastore at the Salzburg Mozartwoche Festival.

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