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Concerts

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Date d'enregistrement : 24 July 2009
Program

GEORGES BIZET
Chanson d’avril

CÉSAR FRANCK
Nocturne

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS
Danse macabre

EMMANUEL CHABRIER
Les Cigales

ALFRED BACHELET
Chère nuit

HENRI DUPARC
Au Pays où se fait la guerre

MAURICE RAVEL
Le Paon

ANDRÉ CAPLET
Le Corbeau et le Renard

ALBERT ROUSSEL
Réponse d’une épouse sage

CLAUDE DEBUSSY
Colloque sentimental

GABRIEL FAURÉ
Vocalise-Étude

ARTHUR HONEGGER
Chansons des sirènes

MANUEL ROSENTHAL
La Souris d’Angleterre

FRANCIS POULENC
La Dame de Monte-Carlo

REYNALDO HAHN
A Chloris

Alfred Bachelet, Henri Duparc, Maurice Ravel, Camille Saint-Saëns, André Caplet, Albert Roussel, Arthur Honegger,… Often these composers’ works for solo voice are overlooked in favor of flashier works like opera airs, popular music, or German Lieder. And yet the French musical tradition embodied in their work—the literary quality of the poems they set, the special vocal approach required by the 20th century idiom in which they wrote—gave birth to true masterpieces.

Highlights in this unusual concert included the delightfully morbid Danse macabre, the eventual leitmotif of the 1920s, as well as music by the Group of Six, whose works were described by the heroin Bérénice of Louis Aragon’s 1944 novel Aurélien as “comical.”

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