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Veronique Gens: Paysage

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA1030

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 22nd March 2024

Contents

Artists

Veronique Gens (soprano)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Herve Niquet

Works

Chausson, Ernest

Chansons de Miarka, op.17 (2)
» no.1 Les morts

Dubois, Theodore

Chansons de Marjolie (7)
» no.3 Celui que j'aime
» no.7 En paradis
Melodies (3) sur des poesies de Sully-Prudhomme (1902)
» no.1 Ce qui dure
Musiques sur l'eau
» no.6 Blancheurs d'ailes
Petits Reves d'enfants for string quartet

Faure, Gabriel

Shylock, op.57
» V Nocturne
Songs (2), op.4
» I La Chanson du pecheur ('Lamento')
Songs (2), op.46
» no.2 Clair de lune
Songs (4), op.39
» no.4 Les roses d'Ispahan

Gounod, Charles

Clos ta paupiere, CG424a
La Fauvette, CG383

Hahn, Reynaldo

D'une prison
Mai
Paysage

Massenet, Jules

Esclarmonde
» Pastorale
Les Erinnyes
» Invocation
Sapho
» Solitude

Saint-Saens, Camille

Aimons-nous et dormons
Melodies persanes, op.26
» no.2 La splendeur vide

Tombelle, Fernand de La

Reverie

Artists

Veronique Gens (soprano)
Munchner Rundfunkorchester

Conductor

Herve Niquet

About

In this recital, Véronique Gens and Hervé Niquet bring back to life a neglected aspect of France’s Romantic heritage: songs with orchestral accompaniment. Aside from a few pieces by Debussy and Duparc, and Berlioz’s famous Nuits d’été, orchestral mélodies form a virtually forgotten continent. In collaboration with the specialists of the Palazzetto Bru Zane, Alpha now revisits these musical landscapes, taking us from Brittany (Hahn) to Persia, whose beauties Fauré and Saint-Saëns exalt in very different ways. Mélodies by Chausson, Gounod and Dubois and rarely heard instrumental pieces by Massenet, Fauré and Fernand de La Tombelle round out the journey with their musical reveries.

Reviews

In songs such as Dubois ‘En paradis’ and Fauré’s ‘Melodies’, Véronique Gens is, as you would expect, an ideal conveyor of this, with the Munich Orchestra offering exceptional, subtle support.
The Sunday Times
French vocal music could not have a finer ambassador’ was how I closed my citation for our Artist of the Year, Véronique Gens, in last autumn’s Gramophone Awards. As if further proof were needed (it really wasn’t), along comes the soprano’s latest album for Alpha. Entitled ‘Paysage’, after Reynaldo Hahn’s song, it is a classy collection of French orchestral songs. And as it’s a co-production involving Palazzetto Bru Zane, those songs involve plenty of rediscoveries. ... Gens is in quite splendid voice. Her soprano is in remarkably good shape, supple and elegant, her diction exemplary and her phrasing exquisite, deftly capturing the mood of each song. ... Warmly recommended.  Mark Pullinger
Gramophone April 2024
Gramophone Editor's Choice

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