Devieilhe, Sabine

Mozart & The Weber Sisters

13 Nov 2015

Barcode: 0825646016259

Other participants: Raphaël Pichon, Arnaud de Pasquale, Pygmalion

The Weber Sisters is rooted in Mozart’s life story and includes music inspired by Aloysia, Konstanze and Josepha Weber, three soprano sisters whom Mozart first met in the German city of Mannheim in 1777, when he was 21. Though he initially fell in love with Aloysia, who went on to become a celebrated diva, it was Konstanze who became his wife; she outlived him by nearly 50 years and did much to sustain and build his reputation after his death. The programme comprises songs, operatic and concert arias and orchestral numbers, and Sabine Devieilhe’s interpretations are typified by beauty of tone, a penetrating sense of drama and a scrupulous respect for the score and the text. Three of the highlights are: the concert aria ‘Popoli di Tessaglia’ – written for Aloysia – which rises to spectacular heights (specifically, the G two-and-a-half octaves above middle C); the sublime ‘Et incarnatus est’ from the C minor Mass – premiered in Salzburg by Konstanze, and ‘Der Hölle Rache’, written for Josepha as the second fireworks-filled aria of the Queen of the Night in Die Zauberflöte, a role that has brought triumphs for Sabine Devieilhe at the opera houses of Lyon and Paris. Her colleagues on this album are the Ensemble Pygmalion, the keyboard player Arnaud de Pasquale and the conductor Raphaël Pichon. "Launched by a fizzing account of the overture to the Paris ballet Les petits riens, the programme centres around three magnificent showpiece arias for Aloysia, famed both for her expressive cantabile and her coloratura prowess. Among her specialities were sustained pianissimo high notes; and I can’t imagine they were more delicately floated than they are by Sabine Devieilhe, a lyric coloratura who combines a pure, sweet timbre and dazzling virtuosity... In one of her signature roles, Devieilhe despatches the Queen’s ‘Der Hölle Rache’ with terrific pizzazz, her poise in alt even enabling her to shade the high-wire coloratura at will." - Gramophone "Sabine makes no distinction between high art and low, giving as much beauty and dedication to the Queen of the Night's great 'Hölle Rache' aria from Magic Flute as she does to 'Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star' ('Ah! vous dirai-je, maman')...Classical music needs much more of this." - Sinfini Album of the Week

Audio sample & Tracklisting

Disc 1 
01 Mozart: Les petits riens, K. 299b: Overture  - Sabine Devieilhe 
02 Mozart: "Ah, vous dirais-je maman", K. 265  - Sabine Devieilhe 
03 Mozart: "Dans un bois solitaire", K. 308  - Sabine Devieilhe 
04 Mozart: Musik for the Pantomime Pantalon and Columbine, K. 446: Adagio  - Sabine Devieilhe 
05 Mozart: "Alcandro, lo confesso... Non so d'onde viene", K. 294  - Sabine Devieilhe 
06 Mozart: "Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio", K. 418  - Sabine Devieilhe 
07 Mozart: "Popoli di Tessaglia... Io non chiedo, eterni dei", K. 316  - Sabine Devieilhe 
08 Mozart : "Nehmt meinen Dank", K. 383  - Sabine Devieilhe 
09 Mozart: Kanonisches Adagio, K. 410  - Sabine Devieilhe 
10 Mozart: "Schon lacht der holde Frühling", K. 580  - Sabine Devieilhe 
11 Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Act 2, K. 620: "Der Hölle Rache" (Königin der Nacht)  - Sabine Devieilhe 
12 Mozart: Thamos, König in Aegypten, K. 345: No. 5 Entr'acte  - Sabine Devieilhe 
13 Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, Act 2, K. 620: March of the Priests  - Sabine Devieilhe 
14 Mozart: Solfeggio, K. 393: No. 2 in F Major  - Sabine Devieilhe 
15 Mozart: Mass in C minor, K. 427: "Et incarnatus est"  - Sabine Devieilhe 

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