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Release Date: Friday 26 January 2018
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Alpha continues its collaboration with the Festival d'Aix-en-Provence and its Academy, which will celebrate its twentieth anniversary in 2018. We invite you to discover artists of great talent who take us on a trip to Auvergne, Sicily, Armenia and Azerbaijan thanks to Luciano Berio's Folk Songs, to Andalusia with Falla's Psyché on a poem of Georges-Jean Aubry, and to the world of Jules Renard with Ravel's Histoires naturelles. The last-named are recorded in a version for chamber ensemble: 'Since Ravel gave Manuel Rosenthal to make an arrangement for large orchestra which we found rather overblown, we set out to find a "chasseur d'images" (to quote the title of one of Renard's Histoires naturelles poems) who could transcribe the work without losing its intimate, delicate aspect. . . . We hope you will be as charmed as we are by Arthur Lavandier's work, which beautifully conveys the immensely refined timbres and nuances of Ravel', says the oboist Clément Noël, a member of the Swiss Ensemble Labyrinth.
Anna Stéphany is a true revelation, performing this programme with the technique, the sensuality and the emotional impact that earned her a huge triumph in Mozart at last summer's Glyndebourne Festival.
Folk Songs: Black is the Colour 0:02:51
2 Folk Songs: I wonder as I wander 0:02:07
3 Folk Songs: Loosin yelav 0:03:10
4 Folk Songs: Rossignolet du bois 0:01:31
5 Folk Songs: A la femminisca 0:01:22
6 Folk Songs: La donna ideale 0:01:25
7 Folk Songs: Ballo 0:01:30
8 Folk Songs: Motettu de tristura 0:03:00
9 Folk Songs: Malurous qu'o uno fenno 0:00:52
10 Folk Songs: Lo fiolaire 0:02:56
11 Folk Songs: Azerbaijan Love Song 0:02:30
12 Introduction et Allegro 0:10:58
13 Histoires Naturelles : Le paon 0:05:24
14 Histoires Naturelles : Le grillon 0:03:29
15 Histoires Naturelles : Le cygne 0:03:29
16 Histoires Naturelles : Le martin-pêcheur 0:03:15
17 Histoires Naturelles : La pintade 0:03:33
MANUEL DE FALLA
18 Psyché 0:05:21