Handel: Enchantresses / Piau, Correas, Les Paladins
Handel is one of Sandrine Piau’s cult composers, and everyone has vivid memories of her magnificent Alcina on DVD (ALPHA715): ‘Where once I portrayed light-hearted, pirouetting heroines, this new album offers a portrait of powerful, often wounded women.’. . . ‘Queens, sorceresses, sirens . . . we were attracted by the musical and emotional intensity of the hopes, disappointments and sufferings of these women, not forgetting the malice or cruelty that they also know how to deploy’, continues Jérôme Correas, the soprano’s longstanding musical partner and conductor of Les Paladins. With Almirena, Cleopatra and Alcina, Handel explores all the facets of these defeated heroines, whose boldly delineated characters live once more in Sandrine Piau’s passionate interpretation.
Includes arias from:
Lotario | Rinaldo | Giulio Cesare | Alcina | Amadigi di Gaula | O numi eterni
Plus movements from the Concerti grossi
Sandrine Piau, not English and not even Italian, is arguably the greatest Handelian soprano of the day. She gets excellent support from the smooth historical performance group Les Paladins. She and director Jérôme Correas mesh beautifully. This all comes down to a magnificent artist at the top of her powers.
-- AllMusicGuide.com (James Manheim)
Release Date: January 14, 2022
Catalog Number: ALPHA765
Number of Discs: 1
Composer: George Frideric Handel
Conductor: Jérôme Correas
Orchestra/Ensemble: Les Paladins
Performer: Sandrine Piau