Véronique Gens: Nuits

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Véronique Gens: Nuits
Véronique Gens / I Giardini

[ Alpha Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 24 April 2020

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As the symbiosis between the art of the poet and that of the composer, the French mélodie became the jewel of the salons of the 'Belle Époque'. By placing a string quartet and a piano around the singer, Chausson's Chanson perpétuelle, Lekeu's Nocturne and Fauré's La Bonne Chanson oscillate between chamber musical intimacy and orchestral ambition. Alongside these famous pioneering pieces, this programme devised by the Palazzetto Bru Zane champions a return to the art of transcription, so popular in the nineteenth century, with the aim of expanding the repertory for voice, strings and piano in order to unearth some forgotten treasures. Hence Hahn, Berlioz, Saint-Saëns, Massenet, La Tombelle, Ropartz, Louiguy and Messager all appear in a programme whose guiding thread is the emotions of nocturnal abandonment: the charms of twilight, the trajectory of dreams, the terror of nightmare or the exhilaration of festive occasions. Alexandre Dratwicki has made these arrangements in the style of the nineteenth century. Appropriately enough, the programme ends with La Vie en rose, for this music offers a kaleidoscope of all the colours of human feeling. The texture of solo strings and piano sets Véronique Gens's incomparable storytelling artistry in a new light.


Nocturne - Guillaume Lekeu
La bonne chanson Op. 61: 3. La lune blanche luit dans les bois - Gabriel Fauré
Les nuits d'été, H 81: 6. L'île inconnue - Hector Berlioz
Orientale - Fernand de la Tombelle
Nuit d'Espagne - Jules Massenet
Désir de l'Orient - Camille Saint-Saëns
Chanson perpétuelle - Ernest Chausson
La lugubre gondole, pour violoncelle et piano - Franz Liszt
Quatre poèmes: Ceux qui, parmi les morts d'amour - Guy Ropartz
Après un rêve - Gabriel Fauré
Quintette avec piano n°1 Op. 7: 3. Molto vivace - Charles-Marie Widor
La vie en rose - Marcel Louiguy
L'amour masqué: J'ai deux amants - André Messager
Une revue: La dernière valse - Reynaldo Hahn

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