Baroque Magicians
Sep 2024
Saturday, September 7, 2024


Baroque Magicians

Jean-Luc Ho

Schlosskirche Bayreuth

Not only languishing lovers, jilted wives and virtuous shepherdesses throng the Baroque opera stage. Scarcely any other epoch in music history  boasts such fiery and passionate female figures as the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries – women who face their perilous destinies now heroically, now meekly, but always long-suffering and self-assertive. Mezzo soprano Lucile Richardot and harpsichordist Jean-Luc Ho present three outstanding figures from European cultural history: the untameable Media, who in furious passion takes revenge on her opponents, the powerful sorceress Armida, who ensnares her lover and keeps him prisoner, and Circe, the Greek goddess of magic itself – three women who rule their worlds, but are themselves ruled by their unrestrained passions.

Composers such as George Frideric Handel, Francesco Cavalli, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Jean-Baptiste Lully, François Couperin and François Collin de Blamont succumbed to the spell of these heroines and composed some of their most beautiful and haunting melodies for their throats – showpieces for the powerful and androgynous mezzo voice of Lucile Richardot.

Lucile Richardot Mezzo Soprano
Jean-Luc Ho Harpsichord




George Frideric Handel (1685–1759)
Overture from Ariodante, HWV 33

“Dolce riposo”
Aria from Teseo, HWV 9

Francesco Cavalli (1602–1676)
“Dell’antro magico”
Aria from Il Giasone

Juan Cabanilles (1644–1712)
Tiento Ileno séptimo tono por A la mi re, WSC4

Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1643–1704)
“Quel prix de mon amour”
from Médée, H. 491


Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632–1687)
“Enfin il est en ma puissance“
Monologue of Armide from Armide, LWV 71

Jean-Henri d’Anglebert (1629–1691)
Passacaille d’Armide de. Mr de Lully
from Pieces de Clavessin, Suite in G Major


William Webb (1625–1680)
Powerful Morpheus, let thy charms

Henry Purcell (c. 1659–1695)
Music for a while
from Oedipus, Z.583

François Couperin (1668–1733)
La Dangereuse (Sarabande)
from Pièces de Clavecin, Livre I

François Collin de Blamont (1690–1760)
Circé, Cantata for Solo Voice
from: Cantates françoises à voix seule, Libre premier

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