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Ensemble Orfeo 55, Nathalie Stutzmann (direction & alto)
Johann Sebastian Bach
Arie & Cantatas

Sinfonia in D major (from cantata BWV 169)
Double concerto in D minor for two violins BWV 1043

Arias for alto and orchestra
"Ein ungefährt gemüte", from cantata BWV 33
"Wie furchtsam wankten meine Schritten", from cantata BWV 33
"Erbarme dich", from te Saint Matthew Passion BWV 244
Cantata BWV 35 "Geist und Seele wird verwirret "

Recorded on 2 October 2010 at the Grande salle Arsenal, Metz

Directed by Jean-Philippe Perrot (90 min)

Nathalie Stutzmann and the ensemble Orfeo 55 invite us to a concert that is amazing in many respects. A woman who is both a conductor and a soloist singer at the same time, that is exceptional! All the more so since this is met by sheer talent and musical excellence.

Nathalie Stutzmann is considered as one of the best voices and one of the most outstanding figures of the music of our time. Towards the end of 2008, she created her own chamber orchestra, parallel to her activities as a soloist invited by the most renowned orchestras of the world.

This concert is a true moment of grace and Nathalie Stutzmann offers us her wonderful contralto voice while conducting the ensemble Orfeo.

It is a chance to (re)discover several arias, instrumental passages, sinfonias, concertos, taken from the most beautiful sacred cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, which require extreme vocal virtuosity. The main hall of the Arsenal, in Metz, is famous for its exceptional acoustics.

A rare and rich programme, designed like fireworks of emotions, feelings and musicality!

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