Founded in 1992 by the legendary Michel Bernstein, Arcana is devoted to the exploration of lesser-known composers from the medieval to the beginning of the twentieth-century mostly focusing on Italian repertoire and interpreters.
'The musicians are thoroughly committed to this repertoire and it shows. Highly recommended.'
'‘O salutaris' is unexpended song, exquisitely sung by Sandrine Piau. The harmonically adventurous 'Prelude religieux pendant l’offertoire' is otherworldly and mesmerizing on the Erard.'
BBC Music Magazine
'... this performance brings out the idiosyncratic variety of Rossini’s music, at once operatic, sacred and quirky.'
Album of the Week: 'With its 16 members, the choir provides flawless contributions. There is also a French touch to the soloist team ... top soprano Sandrine Piau, who sings beautifully in her great solo O salutaris hostia.'
'... the orchestral conception takes on a formidable scope: right in suggestion and poetic thought, though contained in the calibre of sound ... and prudently intimate in the phrasing.'
Coro e Orchestra Ghislieri, Giulio Prandi, Sandrine Piau, Carlo Vistoli, Raffaele Giordani, Salvo Vitale