Ian Bostridge tenor
Les Talens Lyriques
Christophe Rousset direction
Magnificent Baroque performer Ian Bostridge brings his electrifying personality to bear on songs by Lully, Purcell, Rameau and Handel
One charming night
Lully Overture, « Bois épais, redouble ton ombre », Chaconne, from d’Amadis
« Plus j’observe ces lieux et plus je les admire », aria from Armide
Purcell Overture, « Come away, fellow sailors », The Triumphing dance, from Dido and Aeneas
« One charming night », « See, see my many colour’d fields », Dance for Chinese men and women, from The Fairy Queen
Rameau Overture, « Fatal amour, cruel vainqueur », Ballet, « Règne, Amour, fais briller tes flammes », from Pygmalion
Haendel Overture, «Hide thou thy hated beams », « Waft her, angels, through the skies », from Jephtha
Overture, Gavotte, «I must with speed amuse her », from Semele
This English tenor, who is a singer and man of letters, only took up singing professionally at the age 0f 27 after studying at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge and producing a brilliant PhD thesis on the history of witchcraft. Since then, an international career has seen him grace the world’s finest concert stages ranging from the Carnegie Hall to the Wigmore Hall and the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. He is a tremendous performer of Baroque repertoire and will bring his instantly recognisable tone to bear on French and English Baroque composers.
"I have been singing Handel since I was a child and have even written about him. Although I don’t sing enough Lully and Rameau, I am fascinated by French Baroque music which I love to perform: it has a very different colour, harmonic quality and way of treating words!," says Bostridge when referring to his new programme, led with sophistication by Christophe Rousset conducting the Talens Lyriques.