- Aucassin et Nicolette, ou Les mœurs du bon vieux tems: Aria. "Cher objet de ma pensée…"Composer(s) André-Modeste GretryArtist(s) Julien Chauvin Sandrine Piau Le Concert de la Loge
Aucassin et Nicolette, ou Les mœurs du bon vieux tems: Aria. "Cher objet de ma pensée…"02:38$2.30
Inspired by two 'rivals' of Parisien opera, Sandrine Piau and Véronique Gens celebrate the heroines of opera. It won the 2023 Gramophone Award for Best Voice & Ensemble Recording.
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.