22, 23, 24 January 2020

The Sacrifice of Love: Alceste

Mozart, Gluck, Handel, Rameau, Lully

Man and Myth

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January 2020 Wednesday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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January 2020 Thursday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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January 2020 Friday 20:15
Concertgebouw, Amsterdam
The Netherlands
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Jean Baptiste Lully Suite uit 'Alceste' (samenstelling Roth)
Georg Friedrich Händel Alceste: "Gentle Morpheus, son of night"
Georg Friedrich Händel Alceste: "Come fancy, empress of the brain"
Jean-Philippe Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie: Ouverture
Jean-Philippe Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie: Chaconne
Jean-Philippe Rameau Hippolyte et Aricie: "Rossignols amoureux"
Christoph Willibald Gluck Alceste: Ouverture
Christoph Willibald Gluck Alceste: "Dérobez-moi vos pleurs"/"Ah! Malgré moi"
Christoph Willibald Gluck Alceste: Chaconne
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Idomeneo KV 366: Chaconne
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Idomeneo KV 366: "Quando avran' fine..."/"Padre, germani, addio!"
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Idomeneo: Ouvertüre KV 366

François-Xavier Roth is leading the Concertgebouworkest in a programme devoted to Alceste and other mythological heroines as part of the thematic concert series Man and Myth.

Alceste

In the thematic series Man and Myth, the Concertgebouworkest is focusing on mythological figures who have had a major influence on our culture thanks to three great Greek tragedians. Many seventeenth- and eighteenth-century operas were based on the tragedies of Euripides, whose portrayal of the female psyche is unparalleled in Greek antiquity. Alceste, in particular, who sacrificed herself for love, appealed to the imagination of composers, as attested by the many operas based on her character.

François-Xavier Roth

François-Xavier Roth is conducting excerpts from seventeenth- and eighteenth-century operas, with German soprano Anna Lucia Richter singing the arias. Alceste is a central character in musico-dramatic works by Lully, Handel and Gluck. We encounter other unique heroines – Phaedra and Electra – in the music of Rameau and Mozart.

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