Chanson d'Amour

 
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FAURÉ / POULENC / RAVEL / DEBUSSY
Chanson d'Amour
Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Alexandre Tharaud (piano)

[ Erato Classics / CD ]

Release Date: Friday 11 September 2020

Sabine Devieilhe and Alexandre Tharaud bring their customary clarity, finesse and insight to the works of four composers who defined the path of French art song or mélodie from the late 19th to the mid-20th century. In an imaginatively balanced recital, the two French luminaries perform Fauré, Debussy, Ravel and Poulenc. Their programme, built around Ravel's Cinq Chansons populaires grecques and Debussy's Verlaine setting Ariettes oubliées, takes up the themes of love, war and death and offers both favourite songs like Fauré's 'Après un rêve' and some rarer treasures.

GRAMOPHONE Award Nomination 2021 - Song
BBC Music Award Nomination 2021 - Vocal

"Devieilhe has the ideal voice for the Ariettes oubliées, with a creamily dreamy opening to 'C'est l'extase'. Her iridescent clarity is to the fore throughout...matched by Alexandre Tharaud's ever-nuanced, passionately intelligent pianism...A deeply rewarding recital guaranteed to melt the heart." Choral & Song Choice BBC Music Magazine November 2020

"It makes for an entertaining hour, far more varied in mood than the disc title 'Chanson d'amour' (after Fauré's song) may suggest… It is a joy to hear these 29 mélodies sung so well, with superb French diction…There's never any sense of Devieilhe pushing her light soprano; this offers a feeling of great intimacy." Editor's Choice Gramophone Magazine
Awards Issue 2020

BBC Music Award Nomination 2021 - Vocal

Tracks:

1. Gabriel Fauré - 3 Songs, Op. 23: No. 2, Notre amour
2. Gabriel Fauré - 3 Songs, Op. 8: No. 1, Au bord de l'eau
3. Francis Poulenc - Banalités, FP 107: No. 4, Voyage à Paris
4. Francis Poulenc - 2 poèmes de Louis Aragon, FP 122: No. 1, C
5. Francis Poulenc - 2 poèmes de Louis Aragon, FP 122: No. 2, Fêtes galantes
6. Maurice Ravel - 5 Mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 9, 10, 4, 5, 11: No. 1, Chanson de la mariée
7. Maurice Ravel - 5 Mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 9, 10, 4, 5, 11: No. 2, Là-bas, vers l'église
8. Maurice Ravel - 5 Mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 9, 10, 4, 5, 11: No. 3, Quel galant m'est comparable
9. Maurice Ravel - 5 Mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 9, 10, 4, 5, 11: No. 4, Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques
10. Maurice Ravel - 5 Mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 9, 10, 4, 5, 11: No. 5, Tout gai!
11. Maurice Ravel - Sur l'herbe, M. 53
12. Maurice Ravel - 3 Chansons, M. 69: No. 2, Trois beaux oiseaux du paradis
13. Francis Poulenc - Banalités, FP 107: No. 2, Hôtel
14. Gabriel Fauré - 2 Songs, Op. 27: No. 1, Chanson d'amour
15. Claude Debussy - Nuit d'étoiles, CD 2, L. 4
16. Claude Debussy - 2 Romances, CD 65, L. 79: No. 1, L'âme évaporée et souffrante
17. Maurice Ravel - Manteau de fleurs, M. 39
18. Maurice Ravel - Chants populaires, M. A 17: No. 2, Chanson française
19. Gabriel Fauré - 3 Songs, Op. 7: No. 1, Après un rêve
20. Gabriel Fauré - 3 Songs, Op. 23: No. 1, Les berceaux
21. Claude Debussy - Apparition, CD 57, L. 53
22. Claude Debussy - Ariettes oubliées, CD 63b, L. 60: No. 1, C'est l'extase langoureuse (Second Version)
23. Claude Debussy - Ariettes oubliées, CD 63b, L. 60: No. 2, Il pleure dans mon coeur (Second Version)
24. Claude Debussy - Ariettes oubliées, CD 63b, L. 60: No. 3, L'ombre des arbres (Second Version)
25. Claude Debussy - Ariettes oubliées, CD 63b, L. 60: No. 4, Paysages belges. Chevaux de bois (Second Version)
26. Claude Debussy - Ariettes oubliées, CD 63b, L. 60: No. 5, Aquarelles I. Green (Second Version)
27. Claude Debussy - Ariettes oubliées, CD 63b, L. 60: No. 6, Aquarelles II. Spleen (Second Version)
28. Maurice Ravel - Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer, M. 4
29. Francis Poulenc - Léocadia, FP 106: Les chemins de l'amour

Sabine Devieilhe, Alexandre Tharaud - Ravel: Chanson de la mariée (5 Mélodies populaires grecques)