Sabine Devieilhe - Bach, Handel

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Sabine Devieilhe - Bach, Handel
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) / Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon, with Stéphane Degout (baritone)

[ Erato Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 5 November 2021

Great sorrow and great joy, expressed in in sacred and secular arias and cantatas, are the themes of Sabine Devieilhe's album of Bach and Handel. Recorded with the Pygmalion ensemble and conductor Raphaël Pichon, it features appearances by baritone Stéphane Degout and lutenist Thomas Dunford and includes Bach's cantatas 'Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut' and 'Jauchzet Gott in allen Lande', and excerpts from Handel's Brockes Passion and Giulio Cesare. "This is possibly the most personal programme I've recorded so far," says Sabine Devieilhe, "and I've been lucky enough to record it with the Pygmalion ensemble and my husband Raphaël Pichon. We really wanted to convey the idea of human emotion that at times goes beyond our understanding, and which creates music of extraordinary drama."

"A thoughtful assembly of music depicting affliction and repentance on the one hand and joy and desire on the other. The recording finds Sabine Devieilhe on sparkling form. Bach and Handel do not always sit comfortably together, so it is all the more rewarding when they do." BBC Music 5 out of 5 stars - Choral & Song Choice January 2022

"The singing is almost indecently ravishing and yet she never takes you beyond the brink, even when she sails into stratospheric ornaments." Gramophone Recording of the Month December 2021

Sabine Devieilhe & Stéphane Degout sing Handel: Brockes Passion HWV 48: II. Soll mein Kind