The irresistible Rossini is in the limelight at this intimate musical evening which, like a Parisian salon of the 19th century, brings two rising stars of voice together around the piano. Belarusian soprano Katharina Melnikova, who excelled in La Petite messe solennelle and attended the Festival d’Aix Académie’s Rossini residency in 2014, will perform alongside bass Scott Conner, who played the role of Theseus in A Midsummer Night’s Dream in 2015. On the menu is a tempting assortment of Rossini duets and arias, bursting with the vivacity of this celeberrimo Maestro!
Anna Stéphany (mezzo-soprano) — 2006 HSBC Laureate
Labyrinth Ensemble Hanna Weinmeister (violin) | Anahit Kurtikyan (violin) | Sebastian Eyb (viola) | Benjamin Nyffenegger (cello) | Pamela Stahel (flute) | Robert Pickup (clarinet) | Clément Noël (oboe) | Julie Palloc (harp) | Hans-Peter Achberger (percussion) | Sergi Sempere (percussion)
Anna Stéphany and the Labyrinth Ensemble take us on a trip to Auvergne, Sicily, Armenia and Azerbaijan thanks to Luciano Berio's Folk Songs, in Andalusia with the Psyche's Falla on a poem by Georges-Jean Aubry, and in the world of Jules Renard with the Natural Histories composed by Ravel.
Released in January 2018
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"Classical album of the week" by The Guardian, February 2018