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Lea Desandre|Amazone

Amazone

Lea Desandre, Jupiter & Thomas Dunford

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Léa Desandre has all the makings of a great star. Noticed when she was only twenty years old by William Christie, crowned "Revelation Lyric Artist" at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique, she has already performed on the world's greatest opera stages, from Aix-en-Provence to Salzburg, including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Sydney Opera House. The singer, who excels in opera productions as well as in recitals, and who is an appreciated guest artist on the recordings of Emmanuelle Haïm and Thibault Cauvin, needed only this recording published by Erato to complete the start of a brilliant career.

For her first album published under her own name, Léa Desandre has made a strong start in choosing the theme of the Amazons. This mythical group of warrior women living apart from men has inspired a whole legion of composers—we are treated here to a focus on the Italian and French baroque periods—who take the listener through a forest of diverse emotions: mockery, lamentations, anger... the Amazons inspiring love as much as hate. Worse than these being the indifference.

However, it is impossible to be indifferent to this very high quality album. Léa Desandre is in her element here: her surprisingly malleable timbre carries everything along and reveals the extreme sensitivity of the performer. Accompanied by her usual performing partner, the lutenist Thomas Dunford who is here conducting the Ensemble Jupiter at the top of its game, she does not hesitate to bring in the soprano Véronique Gens, the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli or her mentor William Christie for a single track. That is all there is to it. But much more than talent, what unites all these good people and gives infinite pleasure to the listener is the joy of playing as in a family. “Amazone is a story from the heart. To the rhythm of the encounters, it is my metronome, my compass", the mezzo-soprano freely declares in the first page of the accompanying booklet. You can be certain of this, Léa, your metronome beats perfect time. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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1
Lo schiavo di sua moglie: "Non posso far" (Lucillo)
Lea Desandre
00:01:31

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Francesco Provenzale, Composer - Francesco Antonio Paolella, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

2
Ercole amante: Sinfonia to Act 1
Thomas Dunford
00:02:26

Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Francesco Cavalli, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

3
Lo schiavo di sua moglie: "Lasciatemi morir, stelle crudeli" (Menalippa)
Lea Desandre
00:03:20

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Francesco Provenzale, Composer - Francesco Antonio Paolella, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

4
Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Muove il piè, furia d'Averno" (Mitilene)
Lea Desandre
00:01:14

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani, Composer - Giulio Barbò, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

5
Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Io piango" - "Io peno" (Mitilene, Armidoro)
Lea Desandre
00:04:56

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano, - Cecilia Bartoli, Mezzo-soprano, FeaturedArtist, - Ensemble Jupiter, - Thomas Dunford, Conductor, - Andrea Perrucci, Poet, - Giuseppe De Bottis, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

6
Die getreue Alceste: Sinfonia pour la tempête (1719 Hamburg Version)
Lea Desandre
00:01:08

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Georg Caspar Schürmann, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

7
L'Antiope: "Vieni, corri, volami in braccio" (Antiope)
Lea Desandre
00:02:35

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Carlo Pallavicino, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

8
L'Antiope: "Sdegni, furori barbari" (Celinda)
Lea Desandre
00:01:13

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Carlo Pallavicino, Composer - Stefano Benedetto Pallavicino, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

9
Les Amazones: "Venez, troupe guerrière" - "Puisque tout est tranquille" - "Combattons, courrons à la gloire" (Thalestris, Hippolyte)
Lea Desandre
00:04:19

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Veronique Gens, Soprano, FeaturedArtist - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Andre Danican Philidor, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

10
Passacaille in C Major
Thomas Dunford
00:03:01

Thomas Dunford, Lute - William Christie, Harpsichord, FeaturedArtist - Louis Couperin, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

11
Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Faible fierté, gloire impuissante" (Thalestris)
Lea Desandre
00:04:05

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Andre Cardinal Destouches, Composer - Antoine Houdar De La Motte, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

12
Pièces de viole, Livre IV, Suitte d'un goût étranger: No. 68, L'Amériquaine
Thomas Dunford
00:04:57

Thomas Dunford, Lute - Jupiter Ensemble - Marin Marais, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

13
Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Ô mort ! Ô triste mort" (Thalestris)
Lea Desandre
00:02:24

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Andre Cardinal Destouches, Composer - Antoine Houdar De La Motte, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

14
Postlude improvisé
Jean Rondeau
00:02:44

Jean rondeau, Composer, Harpsichord, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

15
Second Livre de pièces de clavecin, Dixième Ordre: VI. L'Amazône
Jean Rondeau
00:01:49

Jean rondeau, Harpsichord - François Couperin, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

16
Marthésie, première reine des amazones: "Quel coup me réservait la colère céleste ?" (Marthésie)
Lea Desandre
00:04:28

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Ensemble Jupiter - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Andre Cardinal Destouches, Composer - Antoine Houdar De La Motte, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

17
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: I. Allegro
Thomas Dunford
00:01:40

Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Antonio Salvi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

18
Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Che farai misero core" (Mitilene)
Lea Desandre
00:03:53

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Giuseppe De Bottis, Composer - Andrea Perrucci, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

19
Die getreue Alceste: "Non ha fortuna il pianto mio" (Hyppolite)
Lea Desandre
00:02:23

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Georg Caspar Schürmann, Composer

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

20
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: II. [Andante]
Thomas Dunford
00:02:29

Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Antonio Salvi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

21
Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Lieti fiori, erbe odorose" (Mitilene)
Lea Desandre
00:04:13

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Giuseppe De Bottis, Composer - Andrea Perrucci, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

22
Mitilene, regina delle amazzoni: "Sdegno all'armi, alle vendette" (Mitilene)
Lea Desandre
00:02:05

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Giuseppe De Bottis, Composer - Andrea Perrucci, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

23
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Sinfonia: III. Allegro
Thomas Dunford
00:01:17

Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Antonio Salvi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

24
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710, Act 2: "Onde chiare che sussurrate" (Ippolita)
Lea Desandre
00:07:05

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Antonio Salvi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

25
Ercole sul Termodonte, RV 710: "Scenderò, volerò, griderò" (Antiope)
Lea Desandre
00:01:37

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Conductor - Antonio Vivaldi, Composer - Antonio Salvi, Poet

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

26
Amazones
Lea Desandre
00:02:11

Lea Desandre, Mezzo-soprano - Jupiter, Ensemble - Thomas Dunford, Composer, Conductor

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited, A Warner Classics/Erato release., ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Jupiter

Album review

Léa Desandre has all the makings of a great star. Noticed when she was only twenty years old by William Christie, crowned "Revelation Lyric Artist" at the 2017 Victoires de la Musique, she has already performed on the world's greatest opera stages, from Aix-en-Provence to Salzburg, including the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées and the Sydney Opera House. The singer, who excels in opera productions as well as in recitals, and who is an appreciated guest artist on the recordings of Emmanuelle Haïm and Thibault Cauvin, needed only this recording published by Erato to complete the start of a brilliant career.

For her first album published under her own name, Léa Desandre has made a strong start in choosing the theme of the Amazons. This mythical group of warrior women living apart from men has inspired a whole legion of composers—we are treated here to a focus on the Italian and French baroque periods—who take the listener through a forest of diverse emotions: mockery, lamentations, anger... the Amazons inspiring love as much as hate. Worse than these being the indifference.

However, it is impossible to be indifferent to this very high quality album. Léa Desandre is in her element here: her surprisingly malleable timbre carries everything along and reveals the extreme sensitivity of the performer. Accompanied by her usual performing partner, the lutenist Thomas Dunford who is here conducting the Ensemble Jupiter at the top of its game, she does not hesitate to bring in the soprano Véronique Gens, the mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli or her mentor William Christie for a single track. That is all there is to it. But much more than talent, what unites all these good people and gives infinite pleasure to the listener is the joy of playing as in a family. “Amazone is a story from the heart. To the rhythm of the encounters, it is my metronome, my compass", the mezzo-soprano freely declares in the first page of the accompanying booklet. You can be certain of this, Léa, your metronome beats perfect time. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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