Franse nuance

Magdalena Kožená + Ohad Ben-Ari
Fri 15 Sep 2023 20:15 - 21:50
Fri 15 Sep 2023
20:15 - 21:50
  • Fri 15 Sep 2023
    20:15 - 21:50
    Interval 20:55
    Grote Zaal


19.30 uur / Grote Zaal / Opening act

20.15 uur / Grote Zaal / Concert
Olivier Messiaen Poèmes pour Mi
Claude Debussy 3 Chansons de Bilitis
Claude Debussy Ariettes oubliées
Claude Debussy 5 Poèmes de Baudelaire


Magdalena Kožená mezzo soprano
Ohad Ben-Ari piano

Light, lyrical and sensual

Once she was that amazing Czech soprano who sang mostly baroque and Eastern European repertoire. By now Magdalena Kožená is an absolute world star. For her long-awaited debut in the Grote Zangers series, she returns to an old love: the French repertoire. After her CD with French opera arias in 2003, she was immediately elevated to Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres. That promises something with Debussy's sophisticated songs and Olivier Messiaen's rarely performed live Poèmes pour Mi. A recital full of unprecedented French nuance.

Claude Debussy is still not a regular composer on song recital programs. And yet his work contains the essence of French mélodie: light, lyrical and above all sensual. In his beautiful Chansons de Bilitis and Ariettes oubliées, vocalist and piano are equal. Moreover, the songs perfectly suit Magdalena Kožená's agile voice. 'One minute soprano, the next alto, I've never heard anything like it,' said the famous song accompanist Malcolm Martineau.

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