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First line:
Oui (O), prince, je languis, je brûle pour Thésée
Cantata for soprano and piano, to Dominique Hellsten
author of text
first performed in 1677

This cantata is a setting of two great movements from Jean Racine’s great tragic book of the same name. The first is Phèdre’s avowal of love to Hippolyte and her outburst of passion, from Act II, Scene 5, and the second is from Act V, Scene 7, where Phèdre makes her confession to Thesus. The form makes reference to the 18th century secular cantata. The poignant expressiveness of Racine’s text is brought out by the use of continuous recitative, modal and chromatic harmony and figurative images in the trreatment of both vocal part and piano accompaniment.

The world premiere was performed by Dominique Hellsten, soprano and David Roblou, piano in the Purcell Room, London on 14th October 1998.

from notes by Naji Hakim © 2017


Hakim: Phèdre, Caprice, Diptyque & Piano Concerto
Studio Master: SIGCD498Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available


Track 1 on SIGCD498 [18'49] Download only

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD498 track 1

Recording date
26 October 2016
Recording venue
Studio de Meudon, France
Recording producer
Augustin Parsy
Recording engineer
Augustin Parsy
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  1. Hakim: Phèdre, Caprice, Diptyque & Piano Concerto (SIGCD498)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: July 2017
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