Baroque classics from Anne Sofie von Otter and Les Musiciens du Louvre

Bach: Cantata No 170, ‘Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust’
Rameau: L’apothéose de la dance – suite
Handel: Ariodante: Scherza infida; Doppo notte

(From BBC Proms, 10 September 2003)

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor)


In 2020, BBC Radio 3 is bringing together musical greats, from the past and the present, in one extraordinary Proms season. Radio 3 is broadcasting the best of four decades of unmissable Proms concerts.

In this late-night concert from 2003, Anne Sofie von Otter joins French conductor Marc Minkowski and his period-instrument orchestra in a pair of arias from Handel’s mighty opera Ariodante – which they recorded together in 1997 – and one of Bach’s most beautiful and consoling solo cantatas, ‘Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust’.

Rounding off this all-Baroque affair is a colourful selection of dances by Jean-Philippe Rameau, a near-direct contemporary of Bach. The suite, which was compiled by Marc Minkowski, draws from a selection of the French composer’s operas.

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(From BBC Proms, 10 September 2003)

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