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Handel - Opera seria / Sandrine Piau, et al

Album Summary

>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione
>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando
>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare
>Handel, George Frideric : Partenope
>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi
>Handel, George Frideric : Alessandro
>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda
>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo
>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano
>Handel, George Frideric : Deidamia
>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta
Performers Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

The incomparable Sandrine Piau presents this collection of famous and should-be-famous arias by Handel. Teaming up with award winning artists Christophe Rousset and Les Talens Lyriques, this absolutely gorgeous recording will leave you breathless. Piau's effortless sincerity in these performances is nothing short of remarkable.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Sandrine Piau and Christophe Rousset have been consistently stylish and perceptive Handelians together. Their musical flair and dramatic intelligence is marvellously captured here, and they have chosen arias that explore the full range of Handel's genius.

The experience starts with the spectacular 'Scoglio d'immota fronte', and the subsequent sequence weaves through wonderful contrasts.

It's hard to capture the full dramatic sense and vivid personality of Handel's opera characters in a studio recital, yet they hit the bullseye every time, bringing out Cleopatra's despair, Rodelinda's eloquent grief for her apparently deceased husband, the heartbroken sorceress Melissa in Amadigi di Gaula, Deidamia's distress at losing Achilles to the Trojan war, and Partenope's gorgeous charisma.

Although some da capo sections stray a little too far from Handel's notation for the comfort of scholars, they all enhance the drama of the text, and each cadenza, showing panache and taste, is a breath of fresh air. The playing of Les Talens Lyriques is a model of clarity, vitality and theatrical wit. It was an inspired decision to close the recital with the sublime understatement of 'Son qual stanco', featuring a heartbreaking cello solo by Atsushi Sakan. Rousset and Piau achieve the perfect synthesis of elegance, extravagance and emotion. This is may be the finest recital of Handel arias ever recorded.



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>Handel, George Frideric : Scipione :: Act 2. Scene 8. Scoglio d'immota fronte
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Orlando :: Act 2. Scene 8. Verdi piante, erbette liete
  • Performers: Claire Michon (Recorder); Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Michel Quagliozzi (Recorder)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Running Time: 6 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1732

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Act 2. Scene 8. Recitativo. Che sento? oh Dio!
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Running Time: 1 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Giulio Cesare :: Act 2. Scene 8. Aria. Se pietà
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Running Time: 7 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Partenope :: Act 1. Scene 3. L'amor ed il destin
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1730.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1730

>Handel, George Frideric : Amadigi :: Act 1. Scene 4. Ah spietato
  • Performers: Patrick Beaugiraud (Oboe); Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1715.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1715

>Handel, George Frideric : Alessandro :: Act 3. Scene 3. Brilla nell' alma un non inteso ancor
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1726.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1726

>Handel, George Frideric : Rodelinda :: Act 1. Scene 7. Ombre piante, urne funeste
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1725.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1725

>Handel, George Frideric : Faramondo :: Act 2. Scene 8. Combattuta da due venti
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1737.
  • Running Time: 5 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1737

>Handel, George Frideric : Tamerlano :: Act 3. Scene 1. Cor di padre
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1724.
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1724

>Handel, George Frideric : Deidamia :: Act 3. Scene 2. M'ai resa infelice
  • Performer: Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1741

>Handel, George Frideric : Arianna in Creta :: Act 2. Scene 12. Son qual stanco pellegrino
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Atsushi Sakai (Cello)
  • Conductor: Christophe Rousset
  • Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques
  • Notes: Composition written: 1733.
  • Running Time: 9 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1733