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Ombre De Mon Amant: French Baroque Arias

Audio Samples

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Medee, H 491
>Lambert, Michel : Ma bergere est tendre et fidelle
>Lambert, Michel : Ombre de mon amant
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert a quatre parties de violes, H. 545
>     1. Prélude
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Aupres du feu l'on fait l'amour, air for soprano & continuo, H. 446
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert a quatre parties de violes
>     4. Gigue angloise
>     5. Gigue françoise
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Celle qui fait tout mon tourment, H 450
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie
>     Acte 3. Scene 1. Prélude et air. Cruelle mère des amours
>     Act 4. Scene 4. Air. Quelle plainte en ces lieux m'appelle?
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les fetes d'Hebe
>Lambert, Michel : Vos mespris chaque jour

Album Summary

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Medee, H 491
>Lambert, Michel : Ma bergere est tendre et fidelle
>Lambert, Michel : Ombre de mon amant
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert a quatre parties de violes, H. 545
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Aupres du feu l'on fait l'amour, air for soprano & continuo, H. 446
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert a quatre parties de violes
>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Celle qui fait tout mon tourment, H 450
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie
>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les fetes d'Hebe
>Lambert, Michel : Vos mespris chaque jour
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

'Ombre de mon amant' is Anne Sofie von Otter's first recording of these French Baroque Arias - graceful, temperamental tunes which will delight her fans and thrill Baroque music cognoscenti. Von Otter's mastery of diverse musical genres, crystalline diction and exquisite musicality empower her interpretations of French repertoire. Her celebrated Offenbach album and album of rarities by Chaminade are previous examples of her success in the French repertory. Every bit a woman of the theater as she is of song, von Otter embodies Charpentier's Medee and Rameau's Phedre in Hippolyte et Aricie in the grand manner in which they were surely performed originally. Von Otter is partnered by William Christie and his matchless ensemble, Les Arts Florissants, who bring exuberant energy and theatrical flair to every track.

"The title of this disc is taken from an air by Michel Lambert, who is perhaps better known as the father-in-law of Lully than as a composer. There is no Lully here: but Anne Sofie von Otter, who claims French Baroque music as "a new love affair", sang a very fine Médée in Thésée two years ago at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées.

And it's Medea, but Charpentier's rather than Lully's, who dominates this excellent recital. In Act 3, Medea takes her revenge on the faithless Jason by poisoning the robe demanded by her rival. Von Otter sounds utterly wretched in Medea's lament for her lost love; then she intensifies her tone as she summons up demons and monsters. It's a pity that the last chorus is cut and that both the English and the German versions in the booklet mistranslate "the monsters lose their lives" as "the monsters destroy people's lives".

The third composer to be featured is Rameau, with two airs from Hippolyte et Aricie enclosing a sequence of dances and an ariette from Les fêtes d'Hébé. Phaedra is another vengeful character with a sympathetic side. In the first air she prays that Hippolytus will love her; in the second she is distraught at the news - false, in this version - of his death. Von Otter conveys Phaedra's various emotions with consummate skill. Buy the disc, then move on to William Christie's complete versions of Médée and Hippolyte et Aricie on Erato.I mustn't forget Lambert: three tender chansons, exquisitely sung and played." -Gramophone Awards, 2010 / Recital nominee

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Paris, Église Notre-Dame du Liban (09/2008).



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Works Details

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Médée, H 491
  • Performers: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Laurent Collobert (Bass); Michael Loughlin-Smith (Voice); Thibaut Lenaerts (Tenor); Marduk Lopez (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1693

>Lambert, Michel : Ma bergère est tendre et fidelle
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 2 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Lambert, Michel : Ombre de mon amant
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert à quatre parties de violes, H. 545 :: 1. Prélude
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1680-1681

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Médée, H 491
  • Performers: Thibaut Lenaerts (Tenor); Laurent Collobert (Bass); Michael Loughlin-Smith (Voice); Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano); Marduk Lopez (Tenor)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1693

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Auprès du feu l'on fait l'amour, air for soprano & continuo, H. 446
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert à quatre parties de violes :: 4. Gigue angloise
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1680-1681

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Celle qui fait tout mon tourment, H 450
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque

>Charpentier, Marc-Antoine : Concert à quatre parties de violes :: 5. Gigue françoise
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1680-1681

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie :: Acte 3. Scene 1. Prélude et air. Cruelle mère des amours
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Les fêtes d'Hébé
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Ballet
  • Written: 1739

>Rameau, Jean-Philippe : Hippolyte et Aricie :: Act 4. Scene 4. Air. Quelle plainte en ces lieux m'appelle?
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 4 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733

>Lambert, Michel : Vos mespris chaque jour
  • Performer: Anne von Otter (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: William Christie
  • Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants
  • Running Time: 2 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque