Arianna

Arcangelo & Kate Lindsey (Mezzo-Soprano)

This album presents three cantatas focusing on the myth of Ariadne, abandoned on the island of Naxos after helping Theseus kill the Cretan Minotaur by giving him a ball of thread so that he could find his way back through the labyrinth. Alessandro Scarlatti’s Ebra d’amor fuggia (1707) relates Ariadne’s flight, ‘drunk with love’, alongside Theseus, for whom she expresses her tenderness in the magnificent aria ‘Pur ti stringo’. The same year, the young Handel composed his cantata Ah crudel, nel pianto mio, this time with an anonymous abandoned lover as the subject. In 1789, Joseph Haydn also turned to Ariadne, in a cantata for which several orchestrations exist. The one recorded here is by Sigismund Neukomm, Haydn’s pupil between 1797 and 1804. 

Featured works

  • Alessandro Scarlatti: L’Arianna
  • Handel: ‘Ah! Crudel, nel pianto mio’ HWV 78
  • Joseph Haydn: Arianna a Naxos Hob.XXVIb / 2

Press & Praise

THE SUNDAY TIMES

A marvellous vehicle for Lindsey’s dramatic gifts and chameleon skill in changing colours as these emotional rollercoasters sweep on…Whatever the music’s mood, Lindsey gives 100 per cent commitment to every word and note.

GRAMOPHONE

“Her strong and assured voice slips easily into this music…and throughout she shows impressive technical control and agility. More strikingly, though, she brings her stage experience to bear in dramatic readings whose intelligent responses to the differing nuances of these three pieces are what really make the project spark…The playing of Arcangelo under Jonathan Cohen is typically high-quality, and often heartbreakingly attendant to the drama.

CHORAL & SONG CHOICE, BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

“Ardent, brilliant, stately: mezzo-soprano Kate Lindsey probes the inner states of the mythical Cretan princess Ariadne…Cohen adds hugely to these performances, in the Haydn especially. Cohen takes risks with his tempos and dynamics, and by allowing the instrumentalists to sometimes push Lindsey aside; these pay off in many striking moments, for instance when Haydn’s heroine overtakes the band to sprint to her final cadence. Forget victimhood – here, Ariadne wins.”

Album Details

  • Released January 2020
  • Alpha Classics | ALPHA576
  • Recorded August 2019

Performers

  • Kate Lindsey (Mezzo-Soprano)
  • Arcangelo
  • Jonathan Cohen (Direction)

Awards

Gramophone Awards

Finalist 2020

Presto Music

Recordings of the year 2020

BBC Radio 3

Record of the week Mar 2020

BBC Music Magazine

Choral & Song choice, Apr 2020

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