Thursday, 30 December 2010

Stéphanie d'Oustrac at the Ambronay Festival

A concert from the Ambronay Festival 2010:

Stéphanie d'Oustrac - mezzo-soprano
Amarillis Ensemble
directed by Héloise Gaillard
concert filmed on 19th September 2010
film by Olivier Simonnet
courtesy of Arte Live Web
Running time: 01:24:57

Dido, Queen of Carthage, desperate and abandoned by love; the Virgin Mary, figure of maternal love and suffering. Two vulnerable, distracted beings who, from ravishment to ecstasy, express the heart of human passion and baroque sensibility. Sharing an interest in rediscovery, Stéphanie d'Oustrac and the Amarillis Ensemble embody the infectious talent of the Baroque revival. The programme, which is woven around Stéphanie d'Oustrac's prodigious talent for translating the power of emotions, mixes the rediscovery of Cavalli's La Didone with some of the most renowned works of the baroque by Barbara Strozzi and the "divine" Monteverdi.

About the fervour and virtue of the Virgin Mary: pieces by Cavalli, Strozzi, Biagio Marini and Monteverdi; about Dido's adoration and desolation: pieces by Alessandro Scarlatti, Michelangelo Faggioli, Andrea Falconieri, Cavalli and Rossi, some of them unpublished.

Stéphanie d'Oustrac official website
Barbara Strozzi – Virtuosissima Cantatrice article on Barbara Strozzi by Magnificat

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