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Les Arts Florissants

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 04 October 2009

Catherine Bott presents a celebration of the 30th anniversary of Les Arts Florissants, who under their founder-director William Christie have been largely responsible for the revival of 17th-century French repertoire in France. Catherine talks to soprano Sophie Daneman about her close associations with the ensemble and plays a selection of their famous recordings.


Etienne Moulinie: Il est temps que l'ennuy face place a la Joye (Cantique de Moyse)
Agnes Mellon, Birgit Grenat (soprano)
Guillemette Laurens (mezzo-soprano)
Dominique Visse (countertenor)
Josep Benet (tenor)
Michel Laplenie
Phillipe Cantor
Gregory Reinhart (bass)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)

Rameau: Hippolyte et Aricie (Act 2, Sc 5)
Pluto ...... Nathan Berg
Mercury ...... Yann Beuron
Trio of three fates: (to 'inspire fear and dread'!)
Christopher Josey (tenor)
Matthieu Lecroart (baritone)
Bertand Bontoux (bass)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
ERATO 0630 15517 2 CD 2 Trs 9, 10

Lully: Sangaride and Doris (Atys - Act 1, Sc 4)
Agnes Mellon, Francois Semellaz (soprano)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
HARMONIA MUNDI HML 5901257.59 CD 1 Trs 14, 15

Lully: Sleep Scene (Atys - Act 3, Sc 4)
Sleep ...... Gilles Ragon
Morpheus ...... Jean-Paul Fouchecourt
Phobetor ...... Bernard Deletre
Phantasmus ...... Michel Laplenie
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
HARMONIA MUNDI HML 5901257.59 CD 2 Tr 15

Philidor: C'est vous, mon pere; Le Jardin des Voix (Tom Jones)
Amel Brahim Djelloul
Xavier Sabata
Andrew Tortoise
Judith Van Wanroij
Andre Morsch
Konstantin Wolff
Claire Debono
VIRGIN CLASSICS 338 1542 Tr 13

Mondonville: Gloria Patri (Dominus regnavit - grand motet)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
ERATO 0630 17791 2 Tr 6

Handel: Recit: Ye verdant plains and woody mountains; Aria: Hush, ye pretty warbling quire! (Acis et Galatea)
Sophie Daneman (soprano)
Les Arts Florissants
William Christie (director)
ERATO 3984 25505 2 CD 1, Trs 3 and 4.

  • 30th Anniversary residency

    Les Arts Florissants celebrate their 30th Anniversary at the Barbican, with a residency that starts on 10 October and continues until 26 November.



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