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Magdalena Kozena



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OFF CLASSIQUE - Magdalena Kozena interview
Magdalena Kozena - Let's Misbehave (Live) | Ondrej Havelka & His Melody Makers
1 Monteverdi: Zefiro torna, e di soavi accenti  
2 Monteverdi: Lamento della ninfa  
3 Monteverdi: Quel sguardo sdegnosetto  
4 Uccellini: Aria quinta sopra la Bergamasca  
5 Monteverdi: Disprezzata Regina! (L'incoronazione di Poppea)  
6 Monteverdi: Con che soavita  
7 Merula: Ballo detto Pollicio  
8 Monteverdi: Addio, Roma! (L'incoronazione di Poppea)  
9 Monteverdi: Damigella tutta bella  
10 Marini: Passacalio a quattro  
11 Monteverdi: Combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda  
12 Monteverdi: Pur ti miro (L'incoronazione di Poppea)  
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In 2000 Magdalena Kozená took over from an ailing colleague as Nero in the Vienna Festival production of L'incoronazione di Poppea, yet a deeper connection to Monteverdi and his music can be traced to a far earlier date, as the singer herself recalls: "I was sixteen when I met a lutenist with whom I formed an ensemble for Baroque and Renaissance music. It was a very important experience for me, for not only did I learn the Italian language through these pieces, but I discovered a great deal about the style of the music of this period and about the way in which it is ornamented."

Since then Magdalena Kozená has explored the world of opera and only has she sung Mozart, she has appeared in productions of Carmen, Pelléas et Mélisande and Der Rosenkavalier. "So it's more of a romantic repertory," the singer explains. "But this doesn't mean that I have banished Monteverdi from my life. I return to him again and again and I feel at home with him." In short, the present recording marks the singer's return to her original repertory. She is accompanied by Andrea Marcon, with whom she has already recorded Vivaldi and Handel recitals. The album will be released on February 19, 2016.

For Magdalena Kozená this artistic partnership represents a great gain: "Andrea has a lot of experience in this repertory, and he is also a very spontaneous sort of person: his music-making is always highly charged and full of surprises. Of course we rehearse before a concert or in advance of a recording and agree on the basic interpretation. But we know each other so well that we can then allow ourselves the freedom to improvise."

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