Let’s start the year on a happy note! I’ve mentioned the terrific soprano Sabine Devieilhe here before. And for some sheer enjoyment, do try her new disc. She’s singing cantatas by the young Handel, together with the mezzo Lea Desandre and Emmanuelle Haïm’s band Le Concert de Astrée. Here’s a taster. The Gramophone review was rightly full of unqualified praise. I agree!
To add to the fun, here are two concert videos of Sabine Devieilhe — obviously having a great time singing Rameau, and performing a wonderful O zittre nicht from the Magic Flute.