Buried trea­sure

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So­prano So­phie Karthäuser in­tro­duces us to three rar­i­ties from her record col­lec­tion

Vi­valdi Di due rai lan­guir costante

Ce­cilia Bar­toli (mezzo-so­prano); Il Giardino Ar­mon­ico/gio­vanni An­tonini Decca 478 3388

They don’t ac­tu­ally know which opera this aria was com­posed for, so there’s a kind of mys­tery around it. I like this one par­tic­u­larly be­cause there are two fla­geo­lets – these old wind in­stru­ments – and the way it is writ­ten for them, and the voice, is ab­so­lutely mag­i­cal. I’m a big fan of Ce­cilia Bar­toli and this was ac­tu­ally the first time I heard her. I think she’s an ab­so­lutely amaz­ing artist and I like the way she ap­proaches her record­ings. She al­ways searches for un­known pieces.

Jean de Cam­be­fort, Cavalli et al

Le Con­cert Royal de la Nuit

En­sem­ble Cor­re­spon­dances/ Sébastien Daucé

Har­mo­nia Mundi HMC952223/24

I love this disc and the pro­ject. I know Sébastien Daucé the con­duc­tor and I think he’s ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic for this reper­toire; he’s ac­tu­ally been work­ing for three years to re­write this piece be­cause it was in­com­plete. There are pieces from bal­let one minute, then arias from some of the very first Ital­ian op­eras the next. I couldn’t pick a par­tic­u­lar aria, it’s all fan­tas­tic.

François-joseph Gossec Thésée

Les Agré­mens; Na­mur Cham­ber Choir/guy van Waas Ricer­car RIC337 I came across this piece be­cause I know the con­duc­tor and his en­sem­ble. Guy is also some­one who’s on the look­out for un­known pieces. I love the Thésée story, and it has this tragic lyric. François Gossec was a vi­o­lin­ist and teacher, and he’s con­sid­ered the fa­ther of the French sym­phony. So in his time he was quite an im­por­tant per­son, but his name has been com­pletely lost. So­phie Karhäuser’s new al­bum on Har­mo­nia Mundi is out now and will be re­viewed next month

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