on 22 August 2011
Understandably, most compilations of Mozart arias contain versions of well-known arias from Mozart's later and best known operas which is why this disc is particularly rewarding. Mozart's early masterpieces such as 'Lucio Silla', 'Mitridate' and 'Il Re Pastore'are all represented here in vivid and thrilling performances that highlight the virtuosity that Mozart was able to put into his vocal writing in his teenage years. Sandrine Piau's singing is focused and enthusiastic and the orchestral playing is as important as the singer in these songs. The disc closes in a more reflective mood with one of Mozart's most beautiful ever melodies from his incomplete opera, 'Zaide'. This was a brave venture that should be rewarded so I would recommend you to dive in and treat yourself!