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Sabine Devieilhe|Bach & Handel

Bach & Handel

Sabine Devieilhe, Pygmalion, Raphaël Pichon

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"It almost felt like we were sneaking in, the Pygmalion ensemble and I, that week in December 2020 as we walked through the great door of the church where we were recording. Travel permits and test results were no match for the magic of this music. Bach and Handel sound so soothingly familiar. With this programme, we wanted to express sorrow, repentance, joy and desire through the secular and sacred scores of these two composers. From Cleopatra to the character of the Sinner in the cantata BWV 199, the tears flow, and the soul seeks rest".

They are numerous, these works set against a background of pandemics, to have marked thus the albums recorded these last months. Sabine Devieilhe's words from the cover sum up the spirit of catharsis in which the soprano and the Ensemble Pygmalion have recorded this programme. Here we will find Bach's religious cantatas Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut, BWV 199 (literally ‘My heart is bathed in blood’) and Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 (‘Exalt in God in all lands’), as well as excerpts from Handel's oratorios Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a and Brockes Passion, HWV 48 and from his opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17.

Raphaël Pichon conducts a Pygmalion alert to the sharp entries, drawn out by Sabine Devieilhe's heartbreaking, sublime voice. The emphasis is on the theatrical impact of the texts; this is particularly compelling in the cantata Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut. Devieilhe was not wrong when she said that "the tears flow and the soul seeks rest". One can sense the precision of the work undertaken for the timbre of each instrument, in particular for the organ which explores unexpected but pleasant tones in its sharp upper register.

The performance of baritone Stéphane Degout—who joins the ensemble for the duet “Soll mein Kind, mein Leben sterben / Ja, ich sterbe dir zu gut” taken from the  Brockes-Passion—is, however, less convincing, but perhaps this is due to Devieilhe's sunlit presence that is difficult to rival. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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1
Schemellis Musicalisches Gesang-Buch: Mein Jesu! was vor Seelenweh, BWV 487
00:03:11

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

2
Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal, BWV 146: No. 1, Sinfonia
00:07:09

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

3
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 1, Rezitativ. "Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut"
00:02:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

4
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 2, Aria. "Stumme Seufzer, stille Klagen"
00:08:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

5
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 3, Rezitativ. "Doch Gott muss mir genädig sein"
00:01:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

6
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 4, Aria. "Tief gebückt und voller Reue"
00:07:58

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

7
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 5, Rezitativ. "Auf diese Schmerzensreu"
00:00:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

8
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 6, Choral. "Ich, dein betrübtes Kind"
00:02:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

9
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 7, Rezitativ. "Ich lege mich in diese Wunden"
00:00:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

10
Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut, BWV 199: No. 8, Aria. "Wie freudig ist mein Herz"
00:02:25

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

11
Brockes-Passion, HWV 48: No. 40a, Recitativ. "Ach Gott! mein Sohn wird fortgeschleppt" (Maria)
00:01:21

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

12
Brockes-Passion, HWV 48: No. 40b, Duet. "Soll mein Kind, mein Leben sterben" - "Ja, Ich sterbe dir zu gut" (Maria, Jesus)
00:02:32

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Stéphane Degout, Baritone Vocals, FeaturedArtist - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

13
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act II: "Che sento? O dio!" (Cleopatra)
00:01:01

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

14
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act II: "Se pietà di me non senti" (Cleopatra)
00:08:09

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

15
Brockes-Passion, HWV 48: No. 42b, Aria. "Hier erstarrt mein Herz und Blut" (Gläubige Seele)
00:01:54

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

16
Brockes-Passion, HWV 48: No. 42c, Recitativ. "O Anblick, o entsetzliches Gesicht" (Gläubige Seele)
00:01:19

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

17
Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17, Act III: "Piangerò la sorte mia" (Cleopatra)
00:06:03

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Nicola Francesco Haym, Poet - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

18
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: "Pure del cielo intelligenze eterne" (Bellezza)
00:01:19

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Benedetto Pamphili, Poet - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

19
Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a: "Tu del ciel ministro eletto" (Bellezza)
00:06:36

George Frideric Handel, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Benedetto Pamphili, Poet - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

20
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: No. 1, Aria. "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen"
00:04:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

21
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: No. 2, Rezitativ. "Wir beten zu dem Tempel an"
00:02:12

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

22
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: No. 3, Aria. "Höchster, mach deine Güte"
00:04:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

23
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: No. 4, Choral. "Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren"
00:03:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

24
Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51: No. 5, Aria. "Alleluja!"
00:02:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Pygmalion, Ensemble - Raphaël Pichon, Conductor - Sabine Devieilhe, Soprano Vocals, MainArtist

A Warner Classics/Erato release, © 2021 Parlophone Records Limited A Warner Classics/Erato release, ℗ 2021 Association Ensemble Pygmalion under exclusive licence to Parlophone Records Limited

Album Description

"It almost felt like we were sneaking in, the Pygmalion ensemble and I, that week in December 2020 as we walked through the great door of the church where we were recording. Travel permits and test results were no match for the magic of this music. Bach and Handel sound so soothingly familiar. With this programme, we wanted to express sorrow, repentance, joy and desire through the secular and sacred scores of these two composers. From Cleopatra to the character of the Sinner in the cantata BWV 199, the tears flow, and the soul seeks rest".

They are numerous, these works set against a background of pandemics, to have marked thus the albums recorded these last months. Sabine Devieilhe's words from the cover sum up the spirit of catharsis in which the soprano and the Ensemble Pygmalion have recorded this programme. Here we will find Bach's religious cantatas Mein Herze schwimmt in Blut, BWV 199 (literally ‘My heart is bathed in blood’) and Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, BWV 51 (‘Exalt in God in all lands’), as well as excerpts from Handel's oratorios Il trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV 46a and Brockes Passion, HWV 48 and from his opera Giulio Cesare in Egitto, HWV 17.

Raphaël Pichon conducts a Pygmalion alert to the sharp entries, drawn out by Sabine Devieilhe's heartbreaking, sublime voice. The emphasis is on the theatrical impact of the texts; this is particularly compelling in the cantata Mein Herz schwimmt in Blut. Devieilhe was not wrong when she said that "the tears flow and the soul seeks rest". One can sense the precision of the work undertaken for the timbre of each instrument, in particular for the organ which explores unexpected but pleasant tones in its sharp upper register.

The performance of baritone Stéphane Degout—who joins the ensemble for the duet “Soll mein Kind, mein Leben sterben / Ja, ich sterbe dir zu gut” taken from the  Brockes-Passion—is, however, less convincing, but perhaps this is due to Devieilhe's sunlit presence that is difficult to rival. © Pierre Lamy/Qobuz

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