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Le Jardin des voix - An English Garden

Les Arts Florissants - William Christie

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017 — 8:30pm
Salle des concerts - Cité de la musique


  • Matthew Locke
    Curtain tune (The Tempest, acte I)
  • Orlando Gibbons
    The Cryes of London
  • Georg Friedrich Haendel
    O the pleasure of the plains (Acis and Galatea, HWV 49)
  • Henry Purcell
    If the music be the food of love Z.379c
  • Thomas Tomkins
    Music divine (Songs of 3. 4. 5. and 6. parts)
  • Thomas Augustin Arne
    The Singing Club, a catch (Do, Re, Mi, Fa) (The Essex Harmony, being a choice of the most celebrated Songs and Catches)
  • Georg Friedrich Haendel
    Sharp Violins proclaim (Ode for St Cecilia's Day "From harmony, from heav'nly harmony" HWV 76)
  • Henry Purcell
    Strike the viol, touch the lute (Come, ye sons of Art, away - Birthday song Queen Mary Z. 323)
    Of all the instruments that are, Catch Z.263
    Wondrous Machine (Hail, bright Cecilia - Ode on St Cecilia’s Day 1692, Z.328)
  • Georg Friedrich Haendel
    The soft complaining Flute (Ode for St Cecilia’s Day « From harmony, from heav’nly harmony » HWV 76)
  • Thomas Augustin Arne
    Duett and chorus "Now all the air shall ring" (The Fairy Prince, 1771)
  • Georg Friedrich Haendel
    Oh let the merry bells ring round (L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55)
  • Henry Purcell
    Air « See, even Night herself is here » (The Fairy Queen, Z.629)
  • John Ward
    Come sable night
  • Henry Purcell
    One charming night (The Fairy Queen, Z.629)
    In these delightful pleasant groves (The Libertine, or the Libertine destroyed, Z.600)
  • John Dowland
    Welcome, blacke night (A Pilgrimes Solace)
  • Henry Purcell
    Air : Hence with your trifling deity Trio : But over us no griefs prevail (Timon of Athens, the Man-Hater, Z.632)
    Duet « Make room for the great god »
    Trio and Chorus « I'm here with my jolly crew »
    Danse of Bacchanals (The Prophetess, or The History of Dioclesian, Z.627)
    Bacchus is a pow’r divine, Z.360
    'Tis women makes us love, Catch Z.281
    Fairest Isle (King Arthur, or The British Worthy, Z.628)
    Fairest Isle (Song in King Arthur. Arrangement par William Hayes)
  • John Dowland
    Cease these false sports (A Pilgrimes Solace)
  • Georg Friedrich Haendel
    As with rosy steps the morn (Theodora, HWV 68)
    As steals the morn upon the night (L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, HWV 55)
  • Henry Purcell
    Now the night is chas'd away (The Fairy Queen, Z.629)
  • Orlando Gibbons
    The Cryes of London (Part 2)


  • Les Arts Florissants
  • William Christie, conducting
  • Natalie Perez, soprano
  • Natasha Schnur, soprano
  • Eva Zaïcik, mezzo-soprano
  • James Way, tenor
  • Josep-Ramon Olivé, baritone
  • Padraic Rowan, bass baryton
  • Paul Agnew, codirection de l'Académie
  • Sophie Daneman
In parallel to developing his immense body of work on Baroque music, William Christie has devoted himself to the creation of a garden–now classified as a historical monument–in Thiré en Vendée, an exceptional site Of French and Italian inspiration that is now home to the academy for young singers of the Arts Florrissants, Le Jardin des voix. The six singers of this concert, all selected for the eighth edition of the international academy, present an anthology of English airs.
With support from the singers of the Jardin des voix and the members of his orchestra, William Christie explains the originality of the musical selections he has chosen. His secret garden in a nutshell…