I'll try to be concise. This CD is the greatest CD of Haendel arias ever recorded. The only flaw is Piau looks like Maxine Carr. I'm being flipppant. Piau's singing is pure, assured and totally sincere, she carreses every note. She is a virtuoso and worthy of being a prima donna of the sort which an exasperated Mr Haendel dangled out of a window by her ankles. However, you can hear from her voice, Piay loves and has an understanding of the internal emotianal workings of this music. As Diamanda Galas has termed her own work, intravenal song. The genius of a composer such as Mr H and an interpretation of this stature both Piau and Rousset (his pacing and sense of nuance, verve and the subtleties of themusic are genius)communicate something beyond the literal text, and this is when oprea seraia is at it's peak. I could write pages, but I won't, just buy this album. Truly great music is like falling in love; nothing else matters, all around becomes secondary, and the fact that such music can touch such deep part in you nearly 300 years after it was written; well I grew up with punk and alternative, but in another 300 years it will be music composed & performed such as this which will still be so very poignant and transcend the fashoins and forms of it's time. I may sound pretentious, but really, this is a truly great work, if you have any love of Haendel or oprea it's a must have, and if not, then open your eyes and buy it anyway.