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  • Performer: Sandrine Piau
  • Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina
  • Conductor: Stefano Montanari
  • Composer: George Frideric Handel
  • Audio CD (7 Sept. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Opus 111 / Naive
  • ASIN: B002FX7DMS
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 182,417 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. La Resurrezione Aria `Disserratevi, o porte d'Averno'
2. Theodora Recitative `O Thou bright Sun!'
3. Theodora Aria `With darkness deep as is my woe'
4. A song for St Cecilia's day Aria `What passion cannot music raise and quell'
5. Messiah Aria `Rejoice greatly'
6. Theodora Largo
7. Alexander Balus Aria `O take me from this hateful light'
8. Alexander Balus Recitative `Forgive, O queen'
9. Alexander Balus Accompagnato `Calm thou my soul'
10. Alexander Balus Aria `Convey me to some peaceful shore'
11. Joseph and his brethren Recitative `Art thou not Zaphnath? Is not Egypt sav'd?'
12. Joseph and his brethren Aria `Prophetic raptures swell my breast'
13. L'allegro, Il penseroso, ed Il moderato Duet `As steals the morn upon the night'
14. Solomon Symphony (`The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba')
15. L'allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato Accompagnato `First and chief on golden wing'
16. L'allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato Accompagnato Aria `Sweet bird'
17. Concerto Grosso in B Flat Major, op.3 no.2 Largo
18. Samson Aria `Let the bright seraphims'
19. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Accompagnato `Pure del cielo'
20. Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno Aria `Tu del Ciel ministro eletto'

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The world renowned and multi award-winning French soprano, Sandrine Piau, presents an intimate recital exploring the religious and philosophical aspects of Handel's oeuvre. Sandrine Piau takes great pleasure in the art of recital. On her new recording for the Handel anniversary, 'Between Heaven and Earth' she is accompanied by one of the finest period instrument ensembles, Accademia Bizantina under the direction of Stefano Montanari. For Handel the soprano voice may assume many different guises: as angelic messenger, as the herald of hope and reason, or glorifying music itself. It can also express the deepest sufferings and transcend them in an ecstasy worthy of the greatest mystics. A highlight is the stunning duet, 'As steals the morn upon the night' from L'allegro, Il penseroso, ed Il moderato and also features the internationally acclaimed Finnish tenor, Topi Lehtipuu. Sandrine Piau records exclusively for Naïve. Her disc of Mozart Arias, with the Freiburger Barockorchester, met with critical acclaim and was awarded the Prix Charles Cros. Her second album, Debussy Mélodies, accompanied by Jos van Imserseel, won the 'Prix Ravel' at the Orphée Awards in Paris. Handel's Arias Seria with Christophe Rousset was a Gramophone Editor's Choice in January 2005 and won the Stanley Sadie Handel Recording Prize 2005. Personnel: Sandrine Piau (soprano), Accademia Bizantina, Stefano Montanari (first violin, conductor and musical director), Topi Lehtipuu (tenor, track 13)

Review

(5 stars) A disc that ranks among the most beautiful things you're likely to hear all year...her singing is sensational. -- The Guardian, (Tim Ashley), October 9, 2009

A Handel recital of rare brilliance...showstopping arias...she is accompanied by the delightfully feisty Accademia Bizantina. -- The Observer, (Stephen Pritchard), September 20, 2009

Energetic accompaniments to Piau's breathtaking vocal virtuosity...Piau certainly possesses both a voice of the sublimest beauty and a powerful musical intelligence. -- International Record Review, (Marc Rochester), February 2010

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By C. D. Nash on 7 Nov. 2009
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I have many CDs of Handel arias including 'As Steals the Morn...' by Mark Padmore & Lucy Crowe (Harmonia Mundi HMU 907422)- great!- and Lorraine Hunt Lieberson -magical!- and this Sandrine Piau CD is a worthy addition to the collection.

This CD offers yet another perspective on Handel's wonderful music. Worth buying this CD even if only for the wonderfully sensitive aria from 'A Song for St Cecilia's Day': What passion cannot music raise and quell. Need one say more?!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By crocus wood on 10 Oct. 2009
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this is a wonderful cd i highly recomend - its a different selection from the usual - a mix of ones you will reconise and some you may not have heard of - the singing is superb..it blew me away with the wonder of sandrine's voice.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ken on 4 Mar. 2010
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This really is something special, music to listen to & not something to have in the background. Although it is the beauty of the arias that knock you out on first listening, there is an amazing range & contrast in the music, and the orchestral interludes add to the overall atmosphere & sense of peace.
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By M. Joyce TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Dec. 2012
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I didn't really know the French soprano Sandrine Piau until I bought this disc, a collection of arias from some of Handel's greatest oratorios, both sacred and secular, but I cannot say just how much I am impressed by her artistry and vocal lustre. Handel manages to convey in his music great spirituality without ever neglecting the sensual pleasure that goes with great melodic writing and Piau is equally at home conveying the agony of human suffering and the serenity of redemption or consolation. Her singing is quite wonderful, whether she is spinning a silvery vocal line or tossing off some quite sensational vocal pyrotechnics. Some of the arias are sung in English and her mastery of the language is more than acceptable.

She is accompanied by the Academia Bizantina, led from the violin by Stefano Montanari and is joined in the lovely duet from "L'allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato", "As steals the morn", by the Finnish tenor Topi Lehtipuu; this is one of my favourite pieces and the pairing here is good enough to rival classic versions by Mark Padmore and Lucy Crowe and Ian Bostridge and Lynne Dawson.
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By stephen whatmore on 18 Jan. 2015
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