One of the leading mezzo-sopranos of her generation Magdalena Kožená is joined by the French baroque ensemble Le Concert d’Astree, conducted by its founder Emmanuelle Haïm in a concert that celebrates the glories of the French baroque in music by Charpentier and Rameau.

This performance includes repertoire that has drawn inspiration from the great tragic heroines of the baroque era and includes expressive airs of Charpentier’s Médée and Rameau’s Hippolyte et Aricie and more.

From the lyric tragedy composed by Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683-1764) – libretto by l’Abbé Simon-Joseph Pellegrin

Entry of the forest dwellers
Diana’s aria « On these happy shores » (Prologue, scene 1)
March of the Diana’s priestesses
Phaedra’s aria « Cruel mother of loves » (Act III, scene 1)
Phaedra’s aria « What lamentation in this place summons me? » (Act IV, scene 4)
First and Second tunes for the sailors
First Rigaudon in tambourin style

Dardanus Suite, 1739/1744
From the lyric tragedy by J-P. Rameau – libretto by Charles-Antoine Leclerc de La Bruère

Graceful air
Tender minuet in rondeau style
Bruit de guerre
Ritornello, Descente de Vénus
Graceful air, Calme des sens
Lively gavotte

Castor & Pollux, 1737
Excerpt from the lyric tragedy by J-P. Rameau – libretto by de Gentil-Bernard

Telaira’s aria « Mournful solemnities » (Act I, scene 3)

Médée Suite, 1693
From the lyric tragedy composed by Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704) – libretto by Thomas Corneille

Medea’s aria « Princess, ‘tis upon you that my hopes are founded » (Act II, scene 2)
Medea’s aria « Such is the price of Love » (Act III, scene 3)
Second entry for the Demons
Prelude and Medea’s incantation « Black daughters of Styx » (Act III, scene 5)
First air for the Demons
Medea’s invocation « God of Cocytus and the dark kingdoms » (Act III, scene 7)
Medea’s monologue « Whence comes to me this horror?… No, no to pity » (Act IV, scene 5)
followed by « My rage, fatal to so many Kings… Let me not spare them! » (V,1)

Les Indes Galantes Suite, 1735
From the opera-ballet by J-P. Rameau – libretto by Louis Fuzelier

Ritornello for the Incas of Peru
Phani’s aria « Come, hymen, come to join me » (2nd Entry, scene 2)
Prelude for the adoration of the Sun
Emilie’s aria « Night covers the skies! » (1st Entry, scene 2)
Air of the African slaves
First and Second Rigaudons
Emilie’s aria « Flee, tempestuous gales! » (1st Entry, scene 6)