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Veronique Gens (soprano), Susan Manoff (piano)

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Release Date: Monday 12 October 2015

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A great Mozartian, Veronique Gens also excels in Gluck, Berlioz and Offenbach and has sung with the greatest, from Claudio Abbado to Marc Minkowski or Frans Brüggens. Her rich discography features numerous repertoires but, up until now, it included only one recording of mélodies, whereas she is unanimously recognized as one of the world's most eminent ambassadresses of the French art song. With her accomplice Susan Manoff, a connoisseur of vocal music and a tremendously sensitive pianist, she has assembled this programme devoted to songs she loves, mixing a few well known gems and others, quite rare, such as this superb Néère, from Reynaldo Hahn's Muses latines.

"Gens, as one might expect, is exceptional in this repertoire. Most of the songs are about erotic anticipation and tristesse, and her dark, slightly smoky tone adds to the sensuality of it all. She sings as much off the text as the line, but nothing is nudged or forced in an overtly interventionist way... 'A Chloris' is one of the best there is, and Hahn's 'Néère', which gives the disc its title, leaves you open-mouthed with its beauty." Gramophone Award WINNER 2016 - Solo Vocal

"Néère, which opens the disc and provides its title, has a grave, austere beauty that Gens captures perfectly...nothing in these performances is overdone; Gens allows the lyric beauty of each song to speak for itself, with the minimum of interference and the maximum of tonal beauty." (The Guradian)


7 Mélodies, Op. 2
La chanson douce
Le temps des lilas

Chanson triste
Romance de Mignon
Au pays ou se fait la guerre
L'Invitation au voyage

Hahn, R:
Le printemps
Trois jours de vendange
Quand je fus pris au pavillon
Le rossignol des lilas
A Chloris
Etudes Latines (extracts)