Early Music 2

Le Concert d’Astrée | Emmanuelle Haïm | Sandrine Piau | Tim Mead


Fri, 12.04. | 19.30 | No. 19107

KKL Luzern, Concert Hall

Vergangenes Konzert

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Easter Festival

06.04.-14.04. 2019




    Early Music 2

    Le Concert d’Astrée | Emmanuelle Haïm | Sandrine Piau | Tim Mead

    Emmanuelle Haïm  conductor
    Sandrine Piau  soprano
    Tim Mead  countertenor

    “Desperate Lovers”

    George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
    Overture to Rodelinda, regina de’ Longobardi, HWV 19

    Aria: Andronico – “Più d’una tigre altero” from Tamerlano, HWV 18

    Aria: Aci – “Verso già l’alma col sangue” from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo, HWV 72

    Concerto grosso in B-flat major, Op. 3, no. 2, HWV 313

    Aria: Bertarido – “Vivi, tiranno” from Rodelinda, regina de’ Longobardi, HWV 19

    Recitative and Aria: Dalinda – “Ingrato Polinesso” – “Neghittosi, or voi che fate?” from Ariodante, HWV 33

    Recitative and Duet: Asteria – Andronico: “Voglio dunque morir” – “Vivo in te” from Tamerlano, HWV 18

    Accompagnato, Cavatina, and Aria: Orlando – “Ah! stigie larve” – “Vaghe pupille” from Orlando, HWV 31

    Aria: Alcina – “Ah, mio cor! Schernito sei!” from Alcina, HWV 34

    Overture to Orlando, HWV 31

    Duet: Rodelinda – Bertarido – “Io t’abbraccio” from Rodelinda, regina de’ Longobardi, HWV 19

    Recitative and Duet: Almirena – Rinaldo –“Voglio dunque morir” – “Scherzano sul tuo volto” from Rinaldo, HWV 7

    Political intrigue and sorcery, stage spectacles with the leading stars, social events for the snobs, and a chance for the gourmands of vocal art to display their adulation: the Italian operas that the German George Frideric Handel presented to his audience in London were record-breaking productions that earned the finest praise. Their enthusiastically acclaimed and controversial premieres caused sensations and scandals. But the best news of all still holds true: that after two centuries of almost complete oblivion, Handel’s music for the stage has outlived its glorious past and returned to contemporary concert and theater life. “Desperate Lovers”: this is the theme of Emmanuelle Haïm’s second program for LUCERNE FESTIVAL, in which she presents overtures, dances, arias, and duets from Handel’s enchanting, heart-rending, melodious, musically magnificent operas. A timeless feast of Baroque music that will welcome concertgoers with love (and will certainly not drive them to despair).

    "Why ..."
    "…Go to This Concert?" - Festival dramaturge Susanne Stähr gives insider tips on selected concerts of the 2019 Easter Festival. Here is a link to the complete series of "Insider Tips" on YouTube (all in German only).

    You can purchase the digital concert program here.

    Central Railway
    Due to various construction projects, the Lucerne-Alpnachstad line will be closed from 18 March to 14 April 2019. Replacement rail buses will operate in its stead.
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    Le Concert d’Astrée

    Das Ensemble Le Concert d’Astrée, das sich auf die Interpretation barocker Musik spezialisiert hat, wurde im Jahr 2000 von Emmanuelle Haïm gegründet. Seit 2004 ist es an der Opéra de Lille ansässig, doch ist es mit Gastspielen in ganz Frankreich und in den internationalen Musikzentren präsent: Auftritte führten die Musikerinnen und Musiker nach Deutschland, Österreich und Grossbritannien, in die Benelux-Staaten und die Schweiz, nach Italien, Spanien und in die Türkei, aber auch in die Vereinigten Staaten, nach Kolumbien und nach Hongkong. Regelmässig erarbeiten sie thematische Projekte mit renommierten Solisten aus der Szene der Alten Musik, so etwa ein Julius-Caesar-Programm mit Natalie Dessay und Christophe Dumaux, den Abend Monstres, Sorcières et Magiciennes mit Anne Sofie von Otter und Patricia Petibon oder ein Medea-Projekt mit Magdalena Kožená. Eine wichtige Rolle spielen auch szenische Opernaufführungen mit Werken von Lully bis Mozart, die Le Concert d’Astrée nicht nur in Lille präsentiert, sondern auch auf den grossen Pariser Bühnen wie dem Palais Garnier, dem Théâtre du Châtelet oder dem Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, beim Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, in Dijon und Caen. Dabei arbeitete das Ensemble mit Regisseuren wie Ivan Alexandre, Guy Cassiers, Mariame Clément, David McVicar, Laurent Pelly, Krzysztof Warlikowski und Robert Wilson zusammen. Im Herbst 2018 inszenierte Jean Bellorini Händels Rodelinda, im Januar folgten Rameaus Pygmalion und Mondonvilles L’Amour et Psyché in der Regie von Robyn Orlin und im März Rameaus Les Boréades, die Barrie Kosky in Szene setzte. Für seine CDs wurde Le Concert d’Astrée mehrfach bei den «Victoires de la musique» ausgezeichnet und mit dem «Gramophone Award» und dem «Echo Klassik» prämiert. Zuletzt erschienen im Herbst 2018 Händels Italienische Kantaten mit Sabine Devieilhe und Lea Desandre.

    Februar 2019

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    Emmanuelle Haïm

    The French harpsichordist and conductor Emmanuelle Haïm studied at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris: piano with Yvonne Lefébure, organ with André Isoir, and harpsichord with Kenneth Gilbert and Christophe Rousset. She took five first prizes at the completion of her training. She attracted the attention of William Christie, who invited her to perform as harpsichordist with his ensemble Les Arts Florissants and soon entrusted her with responsibility for concert rehearsals as well. As an assistant to Sir Simon Rattle she acquired additional experience at the podium. In 2000 Haïm founded her own ensemble, Le Concert d’Astrée, with which she presents opera productions and ambitious concert projects. In the 2016-17 season they will perform programs in London, Paris, Zurich, and Brussels including French Baroque arias with Magdalena Kožená, a revival of Handel’s Il trionfo del tempo, and Monte-
    verdi’s Ulisse. As an opera conductor she has also appeared at the Glyndebourne Festival, where she has led Handel’s Theodora and Monteverdi’s Poppea; she was the first woman to conduct at Chicago Lyric Opera, where she led Handel’s Giulio Cesare. Haïm has conducted the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Concerto Köln, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Since her debut with the Berlin Philharmonic in 2008, she has worked on a regular basis with that orchestra. The present all-Handel program is her first project in collaboration with the Vienna Philharmonic. Emmanuelle Haïm is an Honorary Member of the British Royal Academy of Music, as well as an Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. Her recordings have twice been awarded the Victoires de la Musique Classique and have garnered an Echo Klassik Award.

    August 2016

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    Sandrine Piau

    Born near Paris, the French soprano Sandrine Piau initially studied harp before turning to vocal studies at the Paris Conservatoire Supérieur National de Musique. Her encounter with William Christie prompted her to devote herself intensively to Baroque music, which remains a focus of her repertoire. Along with Christie, in this area she has worked with such conductors as Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Philippe Herreweghe, René Jacobs, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Marc Minkowski, and Christophe Rousset. Piau has additionally made her name as a Mozart singer and an interpreter of selected operatic roles up into the 20th century. She has performed Mozart’s Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and Donna Anna (Don Giovanni) at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées, Sophie in Massenet’s Werther at the Châtelet, and Debussy’s Mélisande at the Théâtre Royal de la Monnaie in Brussels. In the summer of 2016 she appeared as Despina in a new production of Mozart’s Così fan tutte at the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, and in November she will perform in Rameau’s Zoroastre at the Theater an der Wien. Among her credits are concerts with such orchestras as the Berlin and Munich Philharmonics, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestre de Paris. Sandrine Piau is also dedicated to cultivating both the French and German art song repertoire, with Jos van Immerseel, Corine Durous, Roger Vignoles, and Susan Manoff among her musical partners. Her recordings have garnered such distinctions as the Prix Charles Cros (Mozart arias CD), the Prix Ravel aux Orphées (Debussy songs), and the Cannes Classical Award at MIDEM 2010 (Handel duets). Sandrine Piau is a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and was named Opera Singer of the Year in the Victoires de la Musique Awards for 2009.

    LUCERNE FESTIVAL debut on 16 April 1992 in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, conducted by Philippe Herreweghe.

    August 2016

    Tim Mead