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Artist Profile: Rene Jacobs

Catherine Bott talks to Belgian singer and conductor Rene Jacobs about his outstanding career as both countertenor and conductor, and founder of the ensemble Concerto Vocale.

Catherine Bott talks to the Belgian singer, conductor, scholar and teacher René Jacobs. They chat about his early career as a counter-tenor before he founded the ensemble Concerto Vocale. Music in the programme includes early recordings by him singing in works by JC Bach and Steffani, and extracts from his recordings conducting operas and oratorios by Handel and Monteverdi.

(image of René Jacobs: photo credit Philippe Matsas)

1 hour

Last on

Sat 11 Jun 2011 13:00

Music Played

  • Francesco Cavalli

    La Calisto: Sinfonia

    Performers: Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (director)

    • HMC 901515/17.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Ach, dass ich Wassers g'nug hätte

    Performers: René Jacobs (counter-tenor), The Kuijken Consort

    • ACCENT.
    • ACC 77912D.
  • Agostino Steffani

    M'hai do piangere (You will make me weep)

    Performers: Judith Nelson (soprano), René Jacobs (counter-tenor), Wieland Kuijken (bass viol), William Christie (harpsichord), Konrad Junghänel (theorbo)

    • HM 1046.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Extract from 'La Calisto': end of Act 1: scene XIII to end, including dance of bears ('Ni

    Performers: Barry Banks (Pan), David Pittsinger (Silvano), Dominique Visse (Satirino), Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (director)

    • HMC 901515/17.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Extract from 'Saul': Act 3, scenes 2 & 3 (from "With me what would'st thou" to end of Symp

    Performers: Michael Slattery (Witch), Gidon Saks (Saul), Henry Waddington (Samuel), Concerto Koln, René Jacobs (harpsichord & conductor)

    • HMC 901877/78.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Extract from 'Orfeo': Ecco l'altra palude

    Performers: Andreas Scholl (La Speranza), Laurence Dale (Orfeo), Paul Gérimon (Caronte), Concerto Vocale, René Jacobs (director)

    • HMC 901553/54.