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