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)
Reviewed: 23 July, 2020
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.