Handel - Opera Arias / Piau · Les Talens Lyriques · Rousset
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In recital discs such as recent offerings from Hunt Lieberson, Renee Fleming and Sarah Connolly, the Handel aria has never seemed so alive, but with Piau's recital we find that, although the arias have been removed from their contexts in various operas, she nevertheless imbues them with due sense of emotion, character and utter believability. Whether singing Cleopatra's sensual and heartfelt plea from Giulio Cesare (se pieta), Angelica's emotional farewell from Orlando (verdi piante) or the 'rage aria' from the end of Act 2 of Scipione (Scoglio d'immota fronte) which she recorded with Rousset in a complete version of the opera sadly no longer available, Piau gives us gem after gem.
There are no gimmics here, no complete re-writes of the vocal llines, no mannerisms, but a pure and committed performance from a true Handel diva, all the better as she has sung these roles in live opera performances. With some baroque singers it seems as if you have to listen out of reverence for a lost art - with Piau all you have to do is accept some truly great genuine soprano singing. This volume deserves 10* and should be a best seller.
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I was staggered to read the other reviews - so much so that I had to check my CD very carefully to make sure we were all thinking about the same one. Read morePublished on 8 Feb. 2013 by Peter Street
This is as good as it gets. I cannot remember hearing anything as close to perfection as this recording (well, maybe Martha Argerich's live performance of Prokofiev's piano... Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2009 by MLowry