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L'Opéra du Roi Soleil

Katherine Watson, Les Ambassadeurs, Alexis Kossenko

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Built around the young soprano Katherine Watson and suggested by the conductor and flutist Alexis Kossenko, supported by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, this operatic program revives the splendor of Versailles. Blending operatic airs and instrumental pieces, this baroque collection offers a selection of the major works of the Sun King’s court, from André Campra to Marin Marais, but rediscovers as well several long-forgotten works from this period, as Louis de Lully’s opera Orphée. It also allows us to glimpse into the dramatic power of the rôles tendres, that mostly suit to women in love, leading roles of the tragédie lyrique, and for which Katherine Watson proves to be the ideal interpreter. The smoothness of her timbre and the clarity of the orchestra, under Alexis Kossenko’s sure direction, reveal all the treasures of these French airs that explore the depths of the human soul. Often exposed to torments, victims of the avarice of the gods, suffering from love and cruelty, the heroins of the tragédie lyrique nevertheless embody tragic beauty and majesty. © Aparté

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L'Opéra du Roi Soleil

Alexis Kossenko

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Orphée (Louis de Lully)

1
"Ah ! Que j'éprouve bien l'amoureuse flamme" (Eurydice)
Katherine Watson
00:06:14

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Louis de Lully, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Alcyone (1706) (Marin Marais)

2
Ouverture
Les Ambassadeurs
00:03:14

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Ariane et Bacchus (1696) (Marin Marais)

3
"Croirai-je, juste ciel ! Ce que je viens d'entendre ?" (Ariane)
Katherine Watson
00:04:47

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

4
Symphonie du sommeil
Les Ambassadeurs
00:01:40

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

5
Air pour les flûtes
François Nicolet
00:01:13

Alexis Kossenko, Bass Flute - François Nicolet, Flute - Lorenzo Brondetta, Flute - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Idoménée (1712, version de 1731) (André Campra)

6
Chaconne
Les Ambassadeurs
00:02:42

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Acis et Galatée (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

7
"Enfin, j'ai dissipé la crainte…" (Galatée)
Katherine Watson
00:05:32

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Jean-Baptiste Lully, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Circé (Henri Desmarest)

8
"Sombres marais du Styx, Cocyte, Phlégéton…" (Circé)
Katherine Watson
00:03:27

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Henri Desmarest, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

9
"Calmez votre violence…" (Circé)
Katherine Watson
00:02:10

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Henri Desmarest, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Psyché (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

10
"Deh, piangete al pianto mio..." (Une femme affligée)
Katherine Watson
00:06:11

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Jean-Baptiste Lully, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Thétis et Pélée (Jean Baptiste Stuck)

11
"Non sempre guerriero…"
Katherine Watson
00:03:52

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Jean-Baptiste Stuck, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

L'Europe Galante (André Campra)

12
"Mes yeux, ne pourrez-vous jamais…" (Zaïde)
Katherine Watson
00:04:03

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Télèphe (1713) (André Campra)

13
Sarabande
Les Ambassadeurs
00:01:39

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

14
"Soleil, dans ta vaste carrière…" (La Pythonisse)
Katherine Watson
00:01:48

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

15
"Charmant Père de l'harmonie…" (La Pythonisse)
Katherine Watson
00:01:24

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Ariane et Bacchus (Marin Marais)

16
Rondeau
Les Ambassadeurs
00:01:06

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Télèphe (André Campra)

17
"Quelle épaisse vapeur tout à coup m'environne ?" (La Pythonisse)
Katherine Watson
00:01:49

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Alcyone (Marin Marais)

18
Marche pour les Matelots
Les Ambassadeurs
00:01:55

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Idoménée (André Campra)

19
"Espoir des malheureux, plaisir de la vengeance…" (Ilione)
Katherine Watson
00:04:09

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Alcyone - (Marin Marais)

20
Deuxième Air des Matelots
Les Ambassadeurs
00:01:01

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Marin Marais, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Les Fêtes de l'été (Michel Pignolet de Montéclair)

21
"Mais, tout parle d'amour dans ce riant bocage !" (Sylvie)
Katherine Watson
00:03:13

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Alexis Kossenko, petit dessus de flûte - François Nicolet, haute-contre de flûte - Lorenzo Brondetta, Traverso - Elisabeth Geiger, Harpsichord - Michel Pignolet de Monteclair, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Idoménée - (André Campra)

22
"Coulez, ruisseaux ; dans votre cours…" (Vénus)
Katherine Watson
00:02:35

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - André Campra, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (Jean-Baptiste Lully)

23
Marche pour la cérémonie des Turcs
Les Ambassadeurs
00:02:27

Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Jean-Baptiste Lully, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Polydore (Jean Baptiste Stuck)

24
"C'en est donc fait, le roi n'a plus de fils…" (Ilione)
Katherine Watson
00:05:03

Katherine Watson, Soprano - Les Ambassadeurs - Alexis Kossenko, Conductor - Jean-Baptiste Stuck, Composer

2019 Little Tribeca - CMBV 2019 Little Tribeca

Album Description

Built around the young soprano Katherine Watson and suggested by the conductor and flutist Alexis Kossenko, supported by the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles, this operatic program revives the splendor of Versailles. Blending operatic airs and instrumental pieces, this baroque collection offers a selection of the major works of the Sun King’s court, from André Campra to Marin Marais, but rediscovers as well several long-forgotten works from this period, as Louis de Lully’s opera Orphée. It also allows us to glimpse into the dramatic power of the rôles tendres, that mostly suit to women in love, leading roles of the tragédie lyrique, and for which Katherine Watson proves to be the ideal interpreter. The smoothness of her timbre and the clarity of the orchestra, under Alexis Kossenko’s sure direction, reveal all the treasures of these French airs that explore the depths of the human soul. Often exposed to torments, victims of the avarice of the gods, suffering from love and cruelty, the heroins of the tragédie lyrique nevertheless embody tragic beauty and majesty. © Aparté

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