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Tell me the truth about love…
Rain has fallen
Vous m'avez regardé avec toute votre âme
Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen Op. 96/2
Am Sonntag Morgen Op. 49 No. 1
Du sprichst, daß ich mich täuschte, Op. 32 No. 6
Adoration, H 57
Le Charme, Op. 2 No. 2 (Silvestre)
Heart we will forget him
The Cloths of Heaven, Op. 30/3
Fleur jetée, Op. 39 No. 2
Jeg Elsker Deg, Op. 41 No. 3
Ich kann's nicht fassen, nicht glauben, Op. 60 No. 3
Und gestern hat er mir Rosen gebracht
Love's Philosophy, Op. 3 No. 1 (Shelley)
Summer nights Op.14 No. 5
Warnung, Op. 3 No. 3
Du liebst mich nicht D756 (Platen)
Seit ich ihn gesehen (No. 1 from Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42)
Nachtgang Op. 29 No. 3
Je ne t'aime pas (text: Maurice Magre)
O wär dein Haus durchsichtig wie ein Glas
Geh' Geliebter, geh' jetzt (No. 34 from Spanisches Liederbuch: Weltliche Lieder)
Some say love's a little boy,
And some say it's a bird,
Some say it makes the world go around,
Some say that's absurd…
Charting the course of a love affair – in song – through the eyes of a young woman who begins by asking the universal question, Tell me the truth about love presents a programme of 19th and 20th century song.
The album takes its title from Benjamin Britten’s 1938 seductive setting of W.H. Auden’s amusing poem and tries to pin down and define the most elusive of human emotions.
The story takes us from love at first sight with Schumann’s Seit ich ihn gesehen, breathless with wonder and fervent reverance and Chausson’s Le charme which describes the quiver of excitement and the tender veneration the girl feels when the boy’s smile catches her unawares to Loewe’s Ich kann’s nicht fassen, nicht gluben to describe the lovers first encounter.
As the love story unfolds and the couple become closer, it is illustrated with music such as Strauss’s Nachtgang, Rachmaninov’s Midsummer nights and Bridge’s Adoration. However the magic is soon broken and Sunday brings deception and betrayal. The girl finds out that the young man does not love her and she bitterly awakes from her dream. The feeling of love lost is brought to life through Brahm’s Am Sonntag Morgen, Schubert’s Du liebst mich nicht and Kurt Weill’s Je ne t’aime pas.
As a postlude, Britten’s arrangement of Early one morning perfectly sums up the story of the young girl and the final message of ‘how could you use a poor maiden so?’ lingers in the ear.
Amanda Roocroft has secured an international reputation as one of Britain’s most exciting singers, in opera, concert and recital and Joseph Middleton enjoys a busy and varied career as a chamber musician and song accompanist.
“Roocroft is impassioned in outgoing songs such as Bridge's ecstatic 'Adoration', where accompanist Joseph Middleton is really able to let himself go, but she can sound strained elsewhere...The choice of songs, though, is its own strong selling point.” Gramophone Magazine, June 2013
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“As the cover art might suggest, Sandrine Piau’s new album is dedicated to exploring the different sides of womanhood. I’m not sure I can claim to know how close she gets, but this programme – which includes songs by composers as disparate as Debussy, Richard Strauss and Zemlinsky – contains some of the most exquisite singing I have heard from this wonderful soprano...This is a blessedly unhackneyed programme, performed from start to finish with exceptional finesse” James Inverne, Gramophone Magazine
“…Piau's radiant tone, renowned clarity of diction and range of sensuous emotion make this a heavenly experience.” BBC Music Magazine, January 2008 *****
BBC Music Magazine
Choral & Song Choice - January 2008
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Melodies Francaises pour Bariton
Les Papillons, Op. 2 No. 3 (Gautier)
Le temps des lilas
Le Colibri, Op. 2 No. 7 (de Lisle)
Le Charme, Op. 2 No. 2 (Silvestre)
Auprès de cette grotte sombre
L'Invitation au voyage
Cinq Melodies 'de Venise', Op. 58
Clair de Lune, Op. 46 No. 2
Après un rêve, Op. 7 No. 1
Au bord de l'eau, Op. 8 No. 1 (Prudhomme)
Arpège, Op. 76 No. 2 (Samain)
En sourdine, Op. 58 No. 2 (Verlaine)
L'horizon chimérique, Op. 118
Histoires naturelles (5)
Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
with Paris Conservatoire Orchestra, Eduoard Lindberg
“France's equivalent of Fischer-Dieskau sings Fauré, Duparc and Ravel with characteristic expressive elegance that transcends the rather elderly recordings.” BBC Music Magazine, May 2006 *****
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“The free-flowing late 19th-century Romanticism of Ernest Chausson overflows with colour and opulence. And if any voice was destined to match this music, it was that of Jessye Norman, whose account of Chausson's Poème de l'amour et de la mer has long been one of her most admired performances.
The appropriately French sound of the Monte Carlo orchestra conveys [the] complex web of emotions [of the Poème d'Amour] in all its subtle shades, matching the gloriously refulgent tone of the American soprano herself.” The Telegraph, 12th July 2008
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