February 12, 2016
Valentine's Day with Sabine Devieilhe's 'portrait of Mozart in love'
"What is it that so melts our hearts in these lines that we can sometimes memorise after listening to them just once? The naturalness of the sentiment. To read between the notes and bring out the theatre in them, as if fulfilling the composer’s own written instructions – that is the challenge for the interpreter. Through our encounter with the Weber sisters, these women and dedicatees who counted so much in Mozart's life, we have tried to sketch a portrait of Mozart in love." -Sabine Devieilhe, The Weber Sisters
This Valentine's Day, let Mozart serenade you with the music inspired by the loves of his life - the three enigmatic, musical Weber Sisters (rebuffed by Aloysia, he married Constanze, and wrote for Josepha the stratospheric notes of the Queen of the Night).
In the aria Alcandro Io confesso...Non so d'onde viene, Devieilhe sings: "His face, his look, with an unexpected feeling which stirs me to the depths of my being. I wrack my thoughts for an explanation, but do not find it. Just gods, what can this be that I feel? I do not know whence comes this feeling of tenderness..."
Sabine Devieilhe embodies all three in this unique concept album, recorded with her husband, conductor Raphaël Pichon, and the Pygmalion period-instrument orchestra - truly a labour of love. Mozart to make your heart melt, indeed.
They have saved the best for last with a hidden track reveling in Mozart's famous wicked streak. Find it on The Weber Sisters, out now.