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Sandrine Piau (soprano) / Véronique Gens (soprano), Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin

[ Alpha Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 8 April 2022

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Sandrine Piau and Véronique Gens have a longstanding rapport and dreamed of making a recording together. Here they pay tribute to two singers who, like them, were born within a year of each other, Mme Dugazon (1755-1821) and Mme Saint-Huberty (1756-1812): both enjoyed triumphant careers in Paris, inspiring numerous librettists and composers. Gluck even nicknamed Saint-Huberty 'Madame-la-Ressource', while 'a Dugazon' became a generic name for the roles of naïve girls in love, and later of comical mothers.

Rivals? They very likely were, given the quarrelsome spirit of the operatic world of the time, even if they never crossed paths on stage. Intermingling airs and duets, Piau and Gens here play the heroines of Gluck, Grétry, Monsigny, J. C. Bach, Piccinni, Edelmann and Cherubini. Developed in collaboration with the Centre de musique baroque de Versailles, this programme on the cusp between Classicism and pre-Romanticism is very much the heart of the repertory championed by Julien Chauvin's Le Concert de la Loge.

"Some CDs playing for around an hour can seem too long; this one has every sinew in the unsatiated listener inwardly yelling 'encore, encore'." Opera

'Le Concert de la Loge provides support that is virile and tender, as appropriate. And the two singers are magnificent.' Gramophone Editor's Choice June 2022

Gramophone Award WINNER 2023 - Voice & Ensemble

"The disc concludes with an exciting duet from Dalayrac's Camille ou le Souterrain in which both sopranos spur each other on in a passionate, agitated prayer for two voices. They are driven by the exciting direction of Julien Chauvin and the excellent period ensemble." MusicWeb



Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny - La Belle Arsène, IPM 2: Aria « Où suis-je ?… »

Jean-Frédéric Edelmann - Ariane dans l'isle de Naxos, IJE 1: Scene « Mais Thésée est absent… »

Johann Christian Bach - La Clemenza di Scipione, Op. 14: Duo « Me infelice che intendo… »

Christoph Willibald Gluck - La Clemenza di Tito, Wq. 16:
Aria « Se mai senti… »

Christoph Willibald Gluck - Alceste, Wq. 44:
Aria « Divinités du Styx… »

Louis-Luc Loiseau de Persuis - Fanny Morna, ou l'Écossaise: Aria « Ô divinité tutélaire… »

André-Modeste Gretry - L'Embarras des richesses:
Aria « Dès notre enfance unis tous deux… »

Luigi Cherubini - Démophoon, ILC 12:
Scene « Un moment à l'autel… »

Antonio Sacchini - Renaud, IAS 23:
Aria « Barbare Amour, tyran des cœurs… »

André-Modeste Gretry - Aucassin et Nicolette, ou Les mœurs du bon vieux tems: Aria « Cher objet de ma pensée… »

Nicolas Dalayrac - Camille, ou Le souterrain, IND 7:
Duo « Ciel protecteur des malheureux… »

Véronique Gens, Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge & Julien Chauvin