Desperate Heroines (Mozart), S. Piau, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, I. Bolton
(released on January 27, 2015)
Naïve V5366 | 47'
Piau comes through nevertheless with some beautiful finesse moments, like the little cadenza at the end of Susanna's Deh vieni, with limpid, perfectly placed pp high notes. Slow and delicate music seems better for her voice, as in the tender Se il padre from Idomeneo and the whispered sighs of Geme la tortorella from La finta giardiniera, with its spot-on staccato notes, light as a feather. The more dramatic pieces, like Crudeli, fermate, crudeli from La finta giardiniera, require a forceful edge that does not flatter her as much. In general, the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra and conductor Ivor Bolton provide elegant instrumental support, although I have preferred Piau's partnerships with original-instruments groups, like Christophe Rousset's Les Talens Lyriques and the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.