Handel: Between Heaven & Earth
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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)
(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
Top Customer Reviews
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?!
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.