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Ensemble Pygmalion (Early Music Ensemble)

Ensemble Pygmalion was formed at the Conservatoire de Paris in 2006, by French countertenor and conductor Raphaël Pichon. Their debut recording of Missae Breves by JS Bach was released on Alpha in 2008, and won praise from Gramophone for 'the vitality of the choral movements of both Masses and the richly flavoured instrumental accompaniment'; their discography also includes the Mass in B Minor (‘a Bach project of the highest calibre’ – Gramophone), Rameau’s Dardanus and Castor et Pollux, Enfers (a recital of Rameau, Gluck and Rebel with baritone Stéphane Degout, which won the Recital Category at the 2019 International Opera Awards), and the Gramophone Award-winning Mozart – The Weber Sisters with the coloratura soprano Sabine Devieilhe.

Further Reading: Ensemble Pygmalion

 Interview, Raphaël Pichon on Libertà!

The French conductor talks to Katherine about recording three 'mosaics' of music which Mozart composed or encountered during the period leading up to his life-changing collaboration with Lorenzo Da Ponte, including extracts from his abandoned operas Lo sposo deluso and L'oca del Cairo, and music by Salieri, Paisiello and Soler.

 Recording of the Week, Vocal Recitals from Sabine Devieilhe and Véronique Gens

Katherine enjoys a double helping of French soprano virtuosity.

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