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Release Date: Friday 24 May 2019
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Sandrine Piau's first recital for the Alpha label, with Susan Manoff (Chimères - Alpha 397), proved an enormous hit (Diapason d'Or of the year, Choc of the year, and Gramophone Editor's Choice). Her new project is a recital with orchestra celebrating French song of the period when it moved from the private salon to the concert hall. Planned in partnership with the Palazzetto Bru Zane, this programme evokes anticipation, desire, pleasure, memory, in short all the vagaries of love experienced by a romantic heroine.
To verses of the poets Hugo, Lamartine, Gautier, and Verlaine, Sandrine Piau has selected song settings by Saint-Saëns ('L'attente', 'Papillons'), Massenet ('Extase', 'Aimons-nous'), and Vierne, as well as by the rarely-heard Dubois, Guilmant, and Bordes.
Julien Chauvin and his period instrument ensemble combine these songs with orchestral pieces (the 'Pavane de la belle au bois dormant' from Ravel's Mother Goose Suite, and Debussy's 'Danse profane' for harp and orchestra). The disc also presents excerpts from Nuits d'Été by Berlioz, and ends with the famous classic 'Plaisir d'amour' by Martini.
"This is utterly adorable from start to finish…In the booklet Piau speaks of her joy at performing this kind of repertoire and her rapture is palpable from the breathless opening moments of Saint-Saens's 'Extase'. Soaring above the luminous timbres of Julian Chauvin's period ensemble Le Concert de la Loge, Piau's fresh-voiced delight infuses Berlioz's Villanelle', Vierne's 'Beaux Papillons blancs' and Bordes's affable 'Promenade matinale'" BBC Music Award Finalist 2020
"With her silvery tone, immaculate sense of line and telling if understated way with words, Piau is very much at home in this repertory…[Chauvin and his orchestra] are outstanding throughout, unearthing subtleties in music that is often quite simply but always effectively scored. It's a most engaging disc" Gramophone
1 Extase - Camille Saint-Saëns
2 Papillons - Camille Saint-Saëns
3 Promenade matinale - Charles Bordes
4 Les Nuits d'été, H.81 : Au cimetière - Hector Berlioz
5 Le Poète et le Fantôme - Jules Massenet
6 Album pour mes petits amis, Op. 14 : Chanson d'autrefois - Gabriel Pierné
7 Si j'ai parlé… si j'ai aimé - Théodore Dubois
8 Les Nuits d'été, H.81 : Au cimetière - Hector Berlioz
9 Musiques sur l'eau : Promenade à l'étang - Théodore Dubois
10 Trois mélodies, Op.11 : Beaux Papillons blancs - Hector Berlioz
11 Aux étoiles - Théodore Dubois
12 Ce que dit le silence - Louis Vierne
13 Sous le saule - Théodore Dubois
14 Aimons-nous - Camille Saint-Saëns
15 Valse très lente - Jules Massenet
16 L'enlèvement Camille - Saint-Saëns
17 Symphonie gothique, Op.23 : Grave - Benjamin Godard
18 Plaisir d'amour - Jean-Paul-Egide Martini