Amazone: Jupiter Ensemble & Léa Desandre

September 13, 2023, 10:00 pm

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some 20 female warriors, known as Amazons, on horseback
Claude Déruet (ca. 1588–1660): Departure of the Amazons

Opera composers of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries found irresistible the allure of the Amazons, the mythical race of female warriors whom no man could match in strength of body or mind. Tonight, mezzo-soprano Léa Desandre joins the Jupiter Ensemble under the direction of lutenist Thomas Dunford for a program of musical portraits of the Amazons by Vivaldi, Cavalli, Bottis, Marais, and others.

Tonight’s program was recorded live in concert January 30, 2023, in London’s Wigmore Hall. Thanks to WFMT’s association with the European Broadcasting Union, we’re able to bring you tonight’s program as a stream for 30 days following the broadcast. A blue “Listen” button will appear when the link is accessible.


Francesco Provenzale (1624-1704)
“Non posso far” from Lo schiavo di sua moglie

Francesco Cavalli (1602-1676)
“Sinfonia” from Ercole amante

Francesco Provenzale
“Laciatemi morir” from Lo schiavo di sua moglie

Giovanni Buonaventura Viviani (1638-after 1692)
“Muove il piè, furia d’Averno” from Mitilene, regina delle Amazoni

Georg Caspar Schürmann (ca 1672-1751)
“Sinfonia pour la tempête” from Die getreue Alceste

Carlo Pallavicino (1630-1688)
“Vieni, corri, volami in braccio” & “Sdegni, furori barbari” from Antiope

Anne Danican Philidor (1681-1728)
“Venez, troupe guerrière” from Les amazones

Marin Marais (1656-1728)
“L’Américaine” from Suite d’un goût étranger

André Cardinal Destouches (1672-1749)
“Ô Mort! Ô triste mort” from Marthésie, reine des Amazones

Antonio Vivaldi (1678-1741)
Overture, first movement from Ercole su’l Termodonte, RV 710

Georg Caspar Schürmann
“Non ha fortuna il pianto mio” from Die getreue Alceste

Antonio Vivaldi
Overture, second movement from Ercole su’l Termodonte RV 710

Giuseppe de Bottis (1678-1753)
“Lieti fiori” from Mitilene, regina delle Amazzoni

Antonio Vivaldi
Overture, third movement from Ercole su’l Termodonte RV 710
“Onde chiare che sussurate” from Ercole su’l Termodonte RV 710
“Scendero, volero, gridero” from Antiope

Léa Desandre, mezzo-soprano
Jupiter Ensemble: Thomas Dunford lute & artistic director
Louise Ayrton, Augusta McKay Lodge, violin; Jasper Snow viola; Salomé Gasselin, viola da gamba; Arthur Cambreling, cello; Hugo Abraham; double bass; Violaine Cochard, harpsichord & organ;
Keyvan Chemirani, percussion