Ernest Chausson: Poeme de l'amour et de la mer (Poem of Love and of the Sea), Op. 19
No. 1. La fleur des eaux
No. 2. Interlude
No. 3. La mort de l'amour: Le temps des lilas
Hector Berlioz: Les nuits d'ete, Op. 7
No. 1. Villanelle
No. 2. Le Spectre de la rose
No. 3. Sur les lagunes
No. 4. Absence
No. 5. Au cimetiere
No. 6. L'Ile inconnue
Arnold Schoenberg: Gurre-Lieder
Gurre-Lieder, Part I: Tauben von Gurre! Sorge qualt mich, "Song of the Wood Dove"
“These three absorbing interpretations are a welcome addition to the growing discography of Dame Janet in live performances, where the frisson of a 'real' occasion adds an extra immediacy to her readings. Dame Janet recorded Nuitsd'étés some 10 years earlier with Barbirolli, when speeds were on the slow side. Here they're even more deliberate, possibly the longest 'Le spectre de la rose' on disc. The extra time allows the singer to bring an even deeper sense of mystery and longing to the four middle songs. Has 'Absence' ever sounded so sad and eloquent? Her ability to control a wide range of dynamic effects is astonishing. Giulini and the LPO couldn't be more supportive. All the recordings are a tribute to the BBC's recording expertise, giving more presence to the voice than is often the case today. Apart from one disfiguring cough in the Berlioz, the presence of an audience is hardly intrusive.”
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