Vivaldi, Opera arias for castrato voices & concertos for flute

Tim Mead | François Lazarevitch


Les Musiciens de Saint-Julien, guided by the virtuoso flutist François Lazarevitch, are back in full orchestral form, still animated by the same communicative energy, for a new journey into Antonio Vivaldi’s baroque Venice.

For this concert, François Lazarevitch and his musicians are accompanied by the admirable English counter-tenor Tim Mead, and are offering you some of the most famous opera arias for castrato by the great Italian master of the 18th century, alternating with concertos (including the famous concerto for flautino – small flute). These are all “hits” of which the man then known as the Red Priest had the secret. They are always theatrical, ranging from the most poignant sorrow to the most violent rage. Tim Mead’s singular art allows him to interpret Vivaldi’s melodic creation to perfection…

It is precisely the strength of expression of these feelings and the extraordinary energy of baroque music that nourish and enchant our sensibilities after a difficult period. So let us follow our Norman ensemble on its atypical journey, at the crossroads of popular and scholarly music, with a mixture of origins, styles and repertoires.

Translation: Christopher Bayton

Approx. 1h30

15 musicians 
Tim Mead, counter tenor
François Lazarevitch, recorder
6 violins, 2 altos, 2 cellos, 1 double bass, 1 archlute, 1 harpsichord

Le Volcan – Scène nationale of Le Havre



Ouverture (Olimpiade) RV 725

Cara sposa (Orlando Furioso) RV 728

Vedro con moi diletto (Il Giustino) RV 717

Concerto pour flûte à bec en do mineur RV 441
Allegro non molto – Largo – [Allegro]

Gelido in ogni vena (Farnace) RV 711

Qual serpe tortuosa (La Fida Ninfa) RV 714

Concerto pour cordes en sol mineur RV 157
Allegro – Largo – Allegro

Sol da te, mio dolce amore (Orlando Furioso)  RV 728

Concerto pour flautino en do majeur RV 443  
[Allegro] – Largo – Allegro molto

Sento in seno ch’in pioggia di lagrime (Il Giustino) RV 717

Gèmo in un punto e fremo (Olimpiade) RV 725

« Naturalness in joy, pleasure with a constantly solar and sedate song. François Lazarevitch leads his Gardellino resolutely, treating himself and us to a luxuriant flute that rises up freely in the midst of his musicians. Vivaldi as we love him. »


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