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Mozart: Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) conducted by René Jacobs

Posted in Opera with tags , , on July 13, 2012 by orinococds
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Mozart Magic Flute – RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin – Rene Jacobs cond. HMC 902068.70 $68NZ

Die Zauberflöte conducted by René Jacobs.  RIAS Kammerchor & Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

“René Jacobs’s Mozart opera series [is] one of the recorded marvels of our time” James Jolly, Gramophone, February 2009

Here are some reminders of Jacobs’ achievements to date: from Gramophone Recording of the Year to the Grammy® Awards, Jacobs’ world-renowned Mozart opera recordings been celebrated by the most prestigious award organisations across the globe. A distinguished expert in the field, René Jacobs’ previous opera recordings have enjoyed a sales history of over 65,000  units per title.

314pp booklet with essay by René Jacobs and full libretto French, German, English.

René Jacobs was a guest at the Wellington International Arts Festival in 2010.

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Sandrine Piau Le Triomphe de L’amour

Posted in Opera with tags , , , on May 29, 2012 by orinococds

Sandrine Piau Le Triomphe de L’amour Naive OP30532 NZ$33

Stunning as always, Sandrine Piau in French opera arias of the 17th and 18th century.

François Nicolet flute; Juliette Roumailhac violin; Jérôme Correas harpsichord; Sandrine Piau soprano

Les Paladins, Jérôme Correas (Conductor)

From the Naive website (listen to extracts): Soprano Sandrine Piau’s new project is dedicated to French baroque repertoire, offering a wide range of very beautiful arias by Rameau, Lully, Campra etc in a 100-year journey that mixes very famous music with little-known pieces, such as arias by Grétry or Sacchini. Sandrine Piau and Jérôme Correas, a former singer, founder and music director of Les Paladins, have worked together on a regular basis since their early careers, especially with William Christie. This new release is the 10th recital of Sandrine Piau on Naïve and 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of our collaboration.

“The French music of seventeenth and eighteenth centuries has changed my life both literally and metaphorically: having trained as a harpist, I never imagined I might one day embark on a singing career. Nevertheless, in an incredibly fertile profusion of music, a series of encounters led me into this Baroque adventure where imagination and rigour call the tune, and permanently influenced my approach to all kinds of music.”  — Sandrine Piau

“A hundred years of music: we offer our listeners a journey through the elegant language of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the very special world of the tragédie lyrique and the opéra-comique, but also the evolution of two artists eager to pool their sensibilities and their taste for discovery.”  — Jérôme Correas

Review: The Independant 11 May 2012 *** “There are some unexpected treasures unearthed here, but Piau’s gifts are nowhere more effectively employed than on Lully’s “Enfin, j’ai dissipé la crainte”. She animates the narrative with a measured emotional turbulence that stretches the boundaries of its formal arrangement, a tension between propriety and hysteria resolved only in the poise of the final bars.