Mirages: opera arias & songs

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Mirages: opera arias & songs
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano) & Alexandre Tharaud (piano) / Les Siècles, François-Xavier Roth

[ Erato Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Sunday 10 December 2017

Soprano Sabine Devieilhe's signature operatic role, Lakmé, forms the starting point for her enticing album Mirages. A collection of opera and song in French, its theme is the exotic allure of faraway - and imagined - places and people. In addition to three numbers from Delibes' opera, it features music by Berlioz, Debussy and Stravinsky and some rarer names: Thomas, Messager, Koechlin and Delage. Devieilhe is joined by mezzo-soprano Marianne Crebassa, pianist Alexandre Tharaud and the period-instrument orchestra Les Siècles under its founder, François-Xavier Roth.

Gramophone Award Nomination 2018 - Recital
BBC Music Award Finalist 2019 - Vocal

"Delage's Quatre Poèmes Hindous, in which the well-travelled composer makes a Western chamber ensemble sound unnervingly like sarod, sitar and Indian flute, are especially beguiling...Devieilhe is mesmerising, sounding deliciously clear and radiant, and sings with a sensuality that seems absolutely innate." The Guardian

"Devieilhe's singing lights up the good, the bad and the music of Ambroise Thomas with her vivid, pure tone and apparently limitless breath. Alexandre Tharaud pops in as a sensitive piano partner; Les Siècles and François-Xavier Roth offer idiomatic, dusky, gut-lined softness and clarity in the orchestral numbers" BBC Music

"she displays her technical prowess - needlepoint coloratura and staccato singing with a more than decent trill - in three extracts from a favourite role: Lakmé, by Delibes...[the Flower Duet] could hardly be bettered" Sunday Times

"Roth exploits the period instruments of Les Siècles to emphasise the sheer variety of orchestral colours on display (captured in excellent sound) and accompanies with sensitivity. Devieilhe, meanwhile, has a wonderfully instinctive and apparently effortless way with this music...All in all, this refreshing, fascinating and beguiling album is impossible to resist. Highly recommended." Gramophone Editor's Choice December 2017


Messager: Le jour sous le soleil beni (from Madame Chrysanthème)
Debussy: Mes longs cheveux (from Pelléas et Mélisande)
Delibes: Où va la jeune Indoue? 'Bell Song' (from Lakmé)
Maurice Delage: 4 poèmes hindous
Debussy: La romance d'Ariel
Delibes: Viens, Mallika...Sous le dôme épais (from Lakmé)
Stravinsky: Ah, joie, emplis mon coeur (from Le Rossignol)
Thomas, Ambroise: A vos jeux, mes amis (from Hamlet)
Massenet: Celle qui vient est plus belle (from Thaïs)
Koechlin: Shéhérazade Op. 84, Vol. 2: Le voyage
Delibes: Tu m'as as donné le plus doux rêve (from Lakmé)

Sabine Devieilhe records Lakmé (Delibes): Air des clochettes / Bell Song