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Handel - Opera Seria / Sandrine Piau, Et Al


Release Date: 08/25/2009 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 8928   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine PiauMichel QuagliozziClaire MichonPatrick Beaugiraud,   ... 
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This arguably is the best Handel aria recording ever made by a soprano, and that's acknowledging the fine efforts of singers such as Emma Kirkby and Renée Fleming, whose traversals of similar territory simply pale by comparison to the scintillating, virtuoso vocalism of Sandrine Piau. Beginning with the first of these 12 more-or-less rarely performed opera arias, Piau shows the difference between mortal accomplishment and super-human dominion over Handel's magnificent creations. The runs sparkle, the leaps land with pinpoint accuracy on every note, and the phrasing is executed with fiery dynamic impact, clear enunciation, and a forward drive that pulls us dancing along to a satisfying
Read more conclusion that we can only presume the composer would have relished. If you've heard Fleming's very solid, tonally full-bodied rendition of this "Scoglio d'immota fronte" (slower than Piau by nearly a half-minute), you're certainly impressed by her command of the music and its dramatic aspects, but next to Piau, her perfectly respectable performance is earthbound, abetted by a weighty orchestral accompaniment.


For Piau, Christope Rousset's Les Talens Lyriques is a spry, nimble, and very responsive orchestra that bends and breathes and bobs and weaves according to the soloist's every expressive utterance. And it's not only the fast and flashy singing that impresses--although there's enough of that here to satisfy everyone's appreciation for "show-off" material!; Piau also manages to convince us that she's a consummate interpreter by rendering the slower, more sensuous arias with equal aplomb and well-wrought characterization. The sound is ideal--and the orchestra's playing is every bit as exciting and vibrant as Piau's singing. Lovers of Handel opera must not miss these extraordinary, "disc of the year"-quality performances. C'est magnifique! [2/8/2005]
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Scipione, HWV 20: Scoglio d'immota fronte by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1726; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 4 Minutes 57 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
2. Orlando, HWV 31: Verdi piante, erbette liete by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Michel Quagliozzi (Recorder), Claire Michon (Recorder), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1733; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
3. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Che sento? oh Dio! by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 1 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
4. Giulio Cesare, HWV 17: Se pietà di me non senti by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; London, England 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 7 Minutes 43 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
5. Partenope, HWV 27: L'amor ed il destin by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1730; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 2 Minutes 59 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
6. Amadigi di Gaula, HWV 11: Ah! spietato by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Patrick Beaugiraud (Oboe), Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1715; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
7. Alessandro, HWV 21: Brilla nell' alma un non inteso ancor by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726; England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
8. Rodelinda, HWV 19: Ombre, piante, urne funeste by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Jocelyn Daubigney (Flute)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; London, England 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 45 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
9. Faramondo, HWV 39: Combattuta da due venti by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 5 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
10. Tamerlano, HWV 18: Cor di padre, e cor d'amante by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1724; London, England 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
11. Deidamia: Act 3. Scene 2. M'ai resa infelice by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741; London, England 
Date of Recording: 02/2004 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
12. Arianna in Creta, HWV 32: Son qual stanco by George Frideric Handel
Performer:  Sandrine Piau (Soprano), Atsushi Sakai (Cello)
Conductor:  Christophe Rousset
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Talens Lyriques
Period: Baroque 
Written: London, England 
Venue:  Poissy Theater, France 
Length: 9 Minutes 24 Secs. 
Language: Italian 
Notes: Composition written: London, England (1721 - 1734). 

Featured Sound Samples

Scipione: Act II: Scene 8: "Scoglia d'immota fronte"
Alessandro: Act III: Scene 3: "Brilla nell' alma un non inteso ancor"
Faramondo: Act II: Scene 8: "Combattuta da due venti"

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