I did not know any of these arias so I approached this disc with a sense that I might be disappointed after Sandrine Piau's other recordings of plums of the operatic and melodie repertoire. But it actually caught my ear from the very first note and the whole CD is scintillating, full of colour and expression, and moving - really a thrilling sequence that makes you wonder how you can possibly not have known this whole area of French music before. And Piau's delivery has extraordinary range and catches you up in the excitement of the moment. The effect is a bit like standing under a waterfall - not too heavy a fall, but totally exhilarating and refreshing!
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