Purcell Recital - Christophe Rousset, Ann Hallenberg
Salle des concerts, Cité de la Musique, Paris, Tuesday September 29 2020
Ann Hallenberg, mezzo-soprano. Atsushi Sakai, viola da gamba. Karl Nyhlin, lute. Christophe Rousset, harpsichord (Vincent Tibaut, Toulouse, 1691, facsimile by Émile Jobin).
- If music be the food of love
- Celia has a thousand charms
- O solitude, my sweetest choice
- Suite n° 2 in G minor (Prelude, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande)
- Bess of Bedlam
- Ah Belinda!
- Fly swift, ye hours
- I came, I saw and was undone (The Thraldom)
- Suite n° 7 in D minor (Allemande, Courante, Hornpipe)
- From Rosie Bowr's
- The fatal hour comes on apace
- Sweeter than roses
- Music for a while
- Thrice happy lovers
- Fairest Isle
Covid oblige again, there was no interval, to avoid people mingling in the more confined spaces of the corridors, but there were two lovely 'interludes' in the form of solo suites performed sumptuously by Christophe Rousset on a gorgeous instrument, the exact copy of one in the nearby museum. The only reservation might be that the harpsichord had presumably been chosen for the smaller hall: here, listening required a great deal of concentration. But perhaps that helps explain the silence in the auditorium, from beginning to end. No coughing here!