The soprano Sandrine Piau joins Alpha for several recording projects

Published on 19/03/2018

The soprano Sandrine Piau joins Alpha for several recording projects with artists including Christophe Rousset, Julien Chauvin and Giovanni Antonini. For her first solo album, she teams up with her long-standing musical partner, pianist Susan Manoff, with whom she has crafted and recorded a programme around the theme of the chimera. The album features works by Loewe, Schumann, Debussy, Poulenc, Barber, Gurney and Prévin...

Sandrine Piau has compiled a hugely impressive discography throughout her career, successful both critically and commercially in several countries. Today she joins the ALPHA CLASSICS label for several recording projects covering diverse repertoires from Baroque to the 20th century.

For this first album release, she and pianist Susan Manoff - with whom she delights in imagining musical journeys spanning countries, ages and poetic themes – have created a programme around the theme of the chimera: "illusory search, unfulfilled, tomb of our illusions ..." This journey mixes German lieder (Carl Loewe, Robert Schumann, Hugo Wolf), melodies from Debussy, Banalités by Poulenc, songs by Samuel Barber and lesser-known works by composers such as Ivor Gurney (born 1890) or Dickinson Songs by the pianist, conductor and composer André Previn.


Sandrine Piau will continue her journey with Alpha with another long-time accomplice, Christophe Rousset. This summer they record Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater with Les Talens Lyriques, while rare pieces by Leo and Porpora will complete the programme. The recording stars counter-tenor Christopher Lowrey, (whom we heard previously in the Seven Deadly Sins of Monteverdi by Leonardo Garcia Alarcon (Alpha 249))


Meanwhile, Piau tours with the Concert de la Loge and Julien Chauvin in a programme of melodies with orchestra called Plaisirs d’Amour: featuring ​​Debussy, Duparc, Dubois, Vierne, Massenet and Saint-Saëns; designed by the Palazetto Bru Zane; and recorded at the Arsenal of Metz.


Sandrine will also take part in the complete recording of HAYDN 2032, conducted by Giovanni Antonini, singing the cantata Berenice.


We can already discover Sandrine Piau in the Alpha discography in the DVD (Alpha 715) of Alcina and Tamerlano by Handel, filmed at La Monnaie in Bruxelles, directed by Christophe Rousset and staged by Pierre Audi. In this, Piau performs a prodigious and universally acclaimed Alcina.