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Mozart: 'Desperate Heroines' - Tragic Arias from Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, Il rè Pastore et al. / Sandrine Piau, soprano; Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg; Ivor Bolton

Album Summary

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La finta giardiniera
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, re di Ponto
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lucio Silla
>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Il re pastore
Performer Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

In a rich discography that includes brilliant and praised Mozart, Handel, Vivaldi and French baroque operatic recitals, French soprano Sandrine Piau gathered and recorded a series of tragic arias from her favorite heroines in Mozart's operas Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, La finta giardiniera, Mitridate, Idomeneo, Lucio Silla and Il rè pastore. The recording features the orchestra of Mozart's birth city, Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, and its renowned music director Ivor Bolton. "The French soprano simply has one of the most beautiful lyrical voices that one could ever imagine. (... ) An exquisite blend of underrated Mozart heroines accompanied by Mozartorchester Salzburg and Ivor Bolton, that is, despite all the bad luck each of them is suffering, is a real piece of luck for your ears." - MDR (Germany)

The Guardian, 18th September 2014
Piau may be just too knowing to convince as Barbarina, but she's a thrilling Anna, and wonderfully stylish in the extracts from the early opera serias, Mitridate and Lucio Silla. She's a very fine, intelligent artist, and Ivor Bolton and the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra accompany her most sympathetically.

BBC Music Magazine, January 2015
Piau recreates numb torment, fear and anger within the comparatively small expressive range of her soprano...And Ivor Bolton's urging of the orchestral slings and arrows is everywhere minutely attuned to the elusive and delicate, nervous volatility Piau expresses so well.

Opera, January 2015
Piau's refined, well characterised singing is consistently delightful, and she is superbly accompanied by the historically informed playing of the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra under Ivor Bolton's sensitive and idiomatic direction.

International Record Review, December 2014
The upper notes sparkle and her intonation is impeccable throughout, as is her secure feeling for Mozartian style...her hushed mezza voce is heart-stoppingly beautiful and throughout she never sings too loud: this is an artist who knows how to invest a phrase with the greatest expressiveness and shape without forcing her tone or distorting the vocal line...a delight.

Classical Music
Her 'Non mi dir' makes one long to hear her Donna Anna on stage. With warm, idiomatic playing from this crack Salzburg band, the disc is highly recommended.

Sunday Times, 28th September 2014
Only a tightening of tone in Anna's cabaletta betrays effort; virtuoso numbers from Mitridate and Lucia Silla are brilliantly dispatched.

Gramophone Magazine, December 2014
Piau brings each of these women, amorous, vulnerable and/or tormented, to vivid life. Her tender shaping of 'Non mi dir' convinces you that Donna Anna does indeed love Don Ottavio...Elsewhere she finds an extra sensuous warmth in her tone for Susanna's aria, and a darker intensity for Aspasia's Gluckian ombra scena, and Sandrina's 'mad scene'.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salzburg, Mozarteum (11/2013).



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>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: I'ho perduta, me meschina
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Ensemble: Mozarteum Orchestra Salzburg
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Don Giovanni :: Crudele?... non mi dir
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Running Time: 6 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1787

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La finta giardiniera :: Geme la tortorella
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1775.
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Mitridate, re di Ponto :: Ah ben ne fui presaga... pallid'ombre
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1770.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1770

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Le nozze di Figaro :: Giunse alfin il momento... deh vieni non tardar
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1786

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : La finta giardiniera :: Crudeli, oh dio! Fermate ah, dal pianto
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1775.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1775

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Idomeneo :: Se il padre perdei
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1781.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1781

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Lucio Silla :: Sposo, mia vita... frá i pernsieri
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1772.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1772

>Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus : Il re pastore :: L'amerò
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Ivor Bolton
  • Notes: Composition written: 1775.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1775