Monday, June 3, 2013

Théâtre des Champs-Elysées : Wolfgang-Amadeus Mozart

       Symphonie N°41 

      Regular readers know why this drew my attention. This Mozart concert was recorded at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées on May 22, 2013  (Don’t be startled when you first click. Yes, that’s Bernstein right at the start.)

      Miah Persson is in good voice, as always. I wonder, is her voice darkening somewhat? Not in a bad way, mind you. Maybe it's because, or perhaps why, she's moving into Donna Elvira territory. Jeremy Ovenden and Nahuel di Pierro are known quantities in Mozart (NdP most recently as Masetto in that Théâtre des Champs-Elysées Don Giovanni.) Renata Pokupic is a Croatian mezzo-soprano who  “has developed a global reputation for her performances of baroque, classical and coloratura music.” I am sure we’ll be hearing more from her.

      The symphony is actually first, and the Requiem starts about 35 minutes in. The symphony receives a light, bright performance. I recommend giving it a listen first unless time is an issue. The program will be available on-demand until June 21.
       Requiem en ré min K 626 (1791)*
       Symphonie N°41 en ut majeur K 551, Jupiter (1788) 

      Miah Persson, Soprano* 
      Renata Pokupic, Mezzo-soprano* 
      Jeremy Ovenden, Ténor* 
      Nahuel di Pierro, Basse*
      Le Cercle de l’Harmonie 
      Jérémie Rhorer, Direction

      I've just discovered that Radio France’s website is a great place to find more archived concerts, operas, and recitals: Bon écoute! 


  1. I would LOVE to hear Persson sing Donna Elvira.

    I think Pokupic is in that DVD of Les Troyens from Paris, with Susan Graham as Dido. She sounds really nice in that.

  2. I will check that out. Meanwhile here is an audio bootleg of that Paris Don Giovanni. The sound is not optimal but that's a bootleg hazard, as we all know!

  3. Woohoo! (I can deal with a little non-optimal sound in this case.)

  4. She's always a joy to hear, especially in Mozart. (Rhorer, on the other hand...) And her Contessa will be broadcasted here this Saturday, if you're interested.

    1. Thanks for the tip! I will check it out. I am ALWAYS interested in hearing MP sing! :)


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