Encore Series - Magdalena Kožená and Private Musicke

2013-11-10 20:00 - 22:00

Encore Series - Magdalena Kožená and Private Musicke

When: 10 Nov 2013 Sun 20:00
Where: Concert Hall, Hong Kong Cultural Centre

Magdalena Kožená and Private Musicke Poster


The Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená quickly made her name after her operatic début in the early 1990s, appearing in all the leading opera houses of Europe and collaborating with many of the most distinguished orchestras and conductors in the concert hall. While Kožená has recently extended her operatic repertoire to include roles such as Carmen and Mélisande, she has long enjoyed distinction as an interpreter of Baroque and Classical operas, and particularly of Gluck and Mozart.

She has also won fame for her interpretation of songs, and two of her song recital discs have won Gramophone Awards. In 2009 she released a CD with a title "Lettere Amorose" (Love Letters), a collection of early Italian Baroque songs, partnered by the distinguished period ensemble Private Musicke under the direction of the early music expert Pierre Pitzl. Now she makes her long-awaited Hong Kong début with her acclaimed programme of "Love Letters", bringing with her to Hong Kong Private Musicke and Pierre Pitzl.

Pierre Pitzl

Pierre Pitzl

Mezzo-soprano: Magdalena Kožená
Artistic Leader, Guitar, Viola de gamba: Pierre Pitzl (Private Musicke)
Colascione: Daniel Pilz
Guitar: Hugh James Sandilands
Theorbo: Jesús Fernández Baena
Violone: Richard Lee Myron
Lira da gamba: Francisco José Montero Martinez
Percussion: Marc Clos


Magdalena Kozéna: A simple song can be deep, too - this music speaks to everyone
Vitali: O bei lumi
D'India: Cruda Amarilli
Caccini: Odi Euterpe, il dolce canto
Briçeño: Caravanda Ciacona
Merula: Canzonetta Spirituale sopra alla nanna
Sanz: Canarios
D'India: Torna il sereno Zefiro
Marini: Con le Stelle in Ciel
Foscarini: Passamezzo
Monteverdi: Sì dolce è il tormento
Kapsberger: Toccata Arpeggiata
Kapsberger: Aurilla mia
D'India: Ma ché? Squallido e oscuro
Kapsberger: Felici gl'animi
Foscarini: Ciacona
Strozzi: L'Eraclito amoroso
Sans: Matachin
Merula: Folle è ben chi si crede
Monteverdi: Quel sguardo sdegnosetto


Magdalena Kožená
Magdalena Kožená was born in Brno, studied at the Brno Conservatoire and with Eva Blahová at the College of Performing Arts in Bratislava. She was awarded several major prizes in both the Czech Republic and internationally, culminating in the 6th International Mozart Competition in Salzburg in 1995. She is an exclusive artist with Deutsche Grammophon for whom she has just released Lettere Amorose. Her first solo recital disc of Dvorak, Janacek and Martinu won the Gramophone Solo Vocal Award, 2001. Recent recordings with DG include Mozart, Gluck and Myslivecek arias with the Prague Philharmonia and Michel Swierczewski.

French arias with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra and Minkowski; Gluck's Paride ed Elena with the Gabrieli Consort and McCreesh; an acclaimed disc of cantatas by members of the Bach family (Lamento) with Musica Antiqua Koeln and Reinhard Goebel, a Mozart album with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Sir Simon Rattle, a Handel disc and a Vivaldi disc with the Venice Baroque and Andrea Marcon, a recital disc with Malcolm Martineau Songs my Mother taught me and Lettere Amorose an album of early Italian and Spanish baroque with the ensemble Private Musicke. Her most recent release Love and Longing includes works by Mahler, Ravel and Dvorak with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Sir Simon Rattle. Her recording of Carmen was released by EMI Classics in the summer of 2012. She was the 2004 Gramophone Awards Artist of the Year and in 2009 she received a Gramophone Award for her recording of the Julietta Fragments by Bohuslav Martinů with Sir Charles Mackerras and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.


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