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Anne Sofie von OtterAnne Sofie von Otter & Friends

Monday, November 9, 2015, 8pm
Paine Hall at Harvard University, Cambridge

Music of Dowland, Purcell, and a selection of Airs de cour

Long considered one of the finest singers of her generation, GRAMMY Award–winning mezzo-soprano Anne Sofie von Otter continues to thrill opera and concert audiences around the world with her ravishing tone and evocative interpretations. She makes her long-anticipated BEMF début performing a breathtaking program of Baroque songs from England, Italy, and France in an intimate ensemble featuring two virtuoso collaborators.

These superlative musicians explore early Baroque masterpieces that ushered in a new era of music flush with gorgeous poetry and theatrical passion. The enduring power of music is demonstrated through the vocal delights of Dowland and Johnson, the grace and drama of Purcell, and the ironic juxtaposition of the profound and the profane in Neapolitan master Francesco Provenzale’s Squarciato appena havea. The second half of the program features a gorgeous selection from the French Baroque genres of airs de cour and airs serieux by Lambert and Charpentier and concludes with Avro Pärt’s setting of My heart’s in the highlands, which was featured in the Academy Award-winning film La grande bellezza. The program will also feature selected instrumental works as well as songs by Paul Simon.

Post-Concert Talk following the performance

“She possesses one of the most flexible and natural vocal instruments of any living artist.”
—Opera Now

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Anne Sofie von Otter sings Provenzale's Squarciato appena heavea from her album Sogno Barocco

Anne Sofie von Otter sings Dowland's Can she excuse my wrongs from her album Music for a While: Baroque Melodies.

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Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano; Thomas Dunford, theorbo; Jonathan Cohen, harpsichord & organ

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Purcell: Music for a While
Dowland: Come Again
Dowland: Can she excuse my wrongs
Dowland: The King of Denmark's Galliard
Johnson: Have you seen the bright lily grow
Dowland: Fine knacks for ladies
Dowland: Lachrimae
Purcell: What power art thou" from King Arthur
Purcell: Fairest Isle" from King Arthur
Kapsperger: Tocata No. 6
Dalza: Calata
Provenzale: Squarciato appena havea
Couperin: Les barricades mystérieuses
Lambert: Ma bergère est tendre et fidèle
Visée: Chaconne in D Minor
Lambert: Vos mépris chque jour
Charpentier: Chanson à danser: Celle qui fait mon tourment
Rameau: Les Sauvages
Pärt: My heart's in the highlands

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