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Ruth Leon recommends… Sabine Devieilhe sings Handel’s Giulio Cesare – SlippediscSlippedisc

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December 17, 2022

Sabine Devieilhe sings Handel’s Giulio Cesare

The French soprano Sabine Devieilhe is quite a ‘find’. Wife and muse to the conductor Raphaël Pichon, she is known for her often startling interpretations of baroque and 19th Century opera but she is attracting attention recently for her Handel recordings.

Here she joins with Pichon’s Pygmalion ensemble for a poignant and personal recording, made under the tense conditions of the pandemic, of “Se pietà di me non senti”, an aria from Act 11 of Handel’s Giulio Cesare in Egitto.

​”We really wanted to convey the idea of human emotion that at times goes beyond our understanding, and which creates music of extraordinary drama. That kind of emotion can be found in secular music, like opera, as much as in sacred music. I wanted to demonstrate that through the music of both Bach and Handel.”

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