Poulenc: Bleuet

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Poulenc: Les Anges musiciens

Poulenc: Les Anges musiciens


Poulenc:

Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Bleuet

Voyage à Paris

Montparnasse

Hotel

Trois Poèmes de Louise Lalanne

Ce doux petit visage

Main dominée par le coeur

Vocalise

Tel jour telle nuit

Fiançailles pour rire, FP101

La courte paille

Deux chansons pour Yvonne Printemps


Sophie Karthäuser (soprano) & Eugene Asti (piano)

Francis Poulenc’s corpus of songs is one of the most generous and accomplished in the French repertoire. Born in 1899 and living until 1963, he inherited the art of the 19th century, which he succeeded in renewing while remaining within the bounds of tonal language, setting mostly contemporary poets (Apollinaire, Éluard, Aragon, Louise de Vilmorin). He drew his inspiration from the atmosphere specific to each text, but also from listening attentively to the timbre and rhythm of the poet reading his or her own works. This was, in the composer’s view, an essential key to penetrating the mystery of their creations. Associating the specific experience of the poet with his own personal memories, Poulenc created an expressive aura unique in the song output of his time.

Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser studied with Noelle Barker at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London.

She is now in great demand in the foremost international venues, especially as a Mozart singer. She sang her first Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) under René Jacobs and her first Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro) under William Christie. She has especially close relationships with the Théâtre de la Monnaie (Brussels) and the Theater an der Wien (Vienna) in Baroque and Classical roles.

Since winning the Audience Prize at the Wigmore Hall Song Contest she has developed an acclaimed career as a recitalist, enjoying a particularly close artistic partnership with the distinguished American pianist Eugene Asti. [This is his first appearance on the harmonia mundi label.] Her extensive discography includes successful releases of aria and song recitals and complete operas. She may be heard in the harmonia mundi recordings of Mozart’s 'La finta giardiniera' and Pergolesi’s 'Septem verba a Christo' under the direction of René Jacobs. This is her first recital programme for harmonia mundi.

“Perhaps best known as a Mozart soprano, the Belgian soprano Sophie Karthäuser is a beguiling advocate for Poulenc's songs.” Katherine Cooper, Presto Classical, 21st November 2014

Harmonia Mundi - HMC902179

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French Connections

French Connections


Berkeley, L:

Five Poems of W.H. Auden, Op. 53 (1958)

Britten:

The Holy Sonnets of John Donne, Op. 35

Heggie:

Friendly Persuasions - Homage to Poulenc

Poulenc:

Tel jour telle nuit

Fancy

Bleuet


John Mark Ainsley’s cleverly constructed recital highlights the personal and musical connections of four of the twentieth century’s best song writers: Britten, Poulenc, Heggie and Berkeley.

The breadth of repertoire showcases Ainsley’s range, expansive vocal colour, expressive voice and exceptional understanding of text. Accompanying Ainsley is Malcolm Martineau, to whom Heggie’s Friendly Persuasions is dedicated. The American composer pays homage to Poulenc with four imaginative songs, each of which recreates in miniature a transformative friendship in Poulenc’s life.

In 2008 Ainsley and Martineau gave the world premiere performance of Friendly Persuasions at Wigmore Hall, London.

The recital also includes three works by Poulenc: Fancy, Bleuet and Tel jour telle nuit, a beautifully conceived and shaped cycle; considered Poulenc’s greatest vocal work it is reminiscent of the great cycles of a century earlier such as Winterreise or Dichterliebe.

Despite French heritage and fluency in the language Berkeley’s friendship with Britten led him to set verse by the English poet, W.H. Auden instead. His Five Poems are some of the best of their kind; a cohesive and satisfying collection, Berkeley perfectly captures both the fanciful and reflective elements of Auden's poetry.

Auden in turn re-introduced Britten to the works of John Donne, which Britten went on to set in his Holy Sonnets; darkly moving and highly demanding, they are among his finest work.

“Ainsley's searing performance of [the Britten] fully justifies their being included...Martineau's perceptive accompaniments echo the poignancy of the sentiments voiced in the texts, and the collaboration between him and Ainsley is one of mature understanding both of one another's interpretative stance and of the sophistication of Britten's language.” Gramophone Magazine, January 2016

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The Lyric Clarinet

The Lyric Clarinet


Barber:

Sure on this shining night, Op. 13 No. 3

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)

Brahms:

Wie Melodien zieht es mir, Op. 105 No. 1

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 28 July 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Vergebliches Ständchen, Op. 84 No. 4

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 28 July 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Botschaft, Op. 47 No. 1

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 28 July 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Debussy:

Beau Soir

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 4 August 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Mandoline (Verlaine)

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 4 August 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 4 August 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Duke, J W:

I Carry Your Heart

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)

Gause:

Lunar Lace

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 24 September 2004)

D. Gause (piano)

Guastavino:

La rosa y el sauce

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)

El Sampedrino

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)

Milonga de dos Hermanos

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)

Laitman:

The Apple Orchard

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)

Poulenc:

Bleuet

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 4 August 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Les chemins de l'amour

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 4 August 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Banalités

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 4 August 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Schubert:

Nacht und Träume, D827

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 28 July 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Schumann:

Widmung, Op. 25 No. 1

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 28 July 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Er, der Herrlichste von allem (No. 2 from Frauenliebe und Leben, Op. 42)

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 28 July 2013)

Voltaire Verzosa (piano)

Sondheim:

A Little Night Music: Send in the Clowns

(recorded at the College of Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada, United States, 1 May 2011)

Philip Fortenberry (piano)


F. Gerard Errante (clarinet)

Ravello Records - RR7886

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Songs of Love and War

Songs of Love and War


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Only You (Yazoo)

Arbeau:

Pavanne

Bahler:

She's Out of my Life

Barnby:

Sweet and low

Brassens:

The War of 14 - 18

Bridge:

The Last Invocation

Clark, V:

Only You

Elgar:

As torrents in summer

Haydn:

She Never Told Her Love, Hob. XXVIa:34

Jobim:

How Insensitive

(after Chopin)

Lee, D:

In the Summer of his Years

Newman, R:

When She Loved Me

Pearsall:

There is a paradise on earth

(English and German versions)

Blumenlied

Poulenc:

Priez pour paix

Bleuet

Quilter:

Go, lovely Rose, Op. 24 No. 3 (Edmund Wailer)

trad.:

O Waly, Waly ('The Water is Wide')

Vaughan Williams:

Silent Noon


Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Cantabile ‘The London Quartet’

Well known as wonderful entertainers, the four singers of Cantabile here share some more serious and hauntingly beautiful songs. Released in 2014, the 100th anniversary of the start of 'The Great War', this is a programme sung from the heart, inspired by the dual themes of love and of war.

The disc seeks to capture the heartfelt emotion of the time: young men sent off to the front, and those they left behind.

Featuring works from 17 composers, both a cappella songs and a number accompanied by the renowned pianist Malcolm Martineau, the disc includes amongst the 18 songs Elgar's As Torrents In Summer, Poulenc's Bleuet, Vaughan Williams' Silent Noon, Bridge's The Last Invocation, and many other achingly beautiful songs, with music by Haydn, Barley (Sweet and Low), Pearsall, Chopin, Quilter and others.

“Variety rules on this disc: this established all-male vocal group Cantabile slip easily from Vaughan Williams, Quilter and Elgar to Tom Bahler and Randy Newman...Some of the solo work just missed the mark, but overall the programme is lively and enticing.” The Observer, 13th April 2014 ***

“This cannily paced programme of music is a perfect summer evening soundtrack...The Quartet’s blend of timbres is exquisite and its intonation immaculate...This collection of songs would be a lovely thing to listen to on a quiet summer evening over a lingering glass of whisky.” The Telegraph, 24th April 2014 ****

Champs Hill Records - CHRCD074

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The Songs of Francis Poulenc

The Songs of Francis Poulenc


Poulenc:

La Travail du peintre

Metamorphoses, FP 121

Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Le Disparu

Bleuet

La grenouillère, Op. 5

Voyage à Paris

Hotel

Montparnasse

Parisiana

Ce doux petit visage

Dans le jardin d’Anna

Dernier poeme

L'offrande

Paul et Virginie

Rosemonde

Madrigal

Tu vois le feu du soir

Le Pont

Serenade

Avant le cinema

Monsieur Sans-Souci, il fait tout lui-même (No. 4 from Quatre Chansons pour enfants)

Main dominée par le coeur

…mais mourir

La souris

Chansons villageoises: Les gars qui vont à la fête

Tel jour telle nuit


Paul Sperry (tenor), Ian Hobson (piano)

Zephyr - Z117-98

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Leontyne Price - Return to Carnegie Hall

Leontyne Price - Return to Carnegie Hall


Berlioz:

Villanelle (from Les nuits d'été, Op. 7)

Cilea:

Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)

Duparc:

Extase

Gershwin:

Summertime (from Porgy and Bess)

Hahn, R:

Le printemps

Handel:

Se pietà di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)

Hoiby:

Wild Nights

Always it's Spring

There came a wind like a bugle

Marx:

Waldseligkeit

Marienlied

Mozart:

D'Oreste, d'Aiace (from Idomeneo)

Poulenc:

Bleuet

Puccini:

Tu? Tu? Piccolo iddio (from Madama Butterfly)

Vissi d'arte (from Tosca)

Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (from La Rondine)

Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly)

Strauss, R:

Herr Lenz Op. 37 No. 5

Befreit, Op. 39 No. 4

Ich liebe dich Op. 37 No. 2

trad.:

Ride On, King Jesus

This Little Light O'Mine

Witness

Verdi:

Pace, pace mio Dio! (from La forza del destino)

Ward, S A:

America the Beautiful


Leontyne Price (soprano), David Garvey (piano)

RCA - G010002763297P

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Priez pour Paix

Priez pour Paix

English, French, German and American Songs of the Great War


Butterworth, G:

On the idle hill of summer

The lads in their hundreds

Caplet:

Sonnet: Quand reverrai-je, hélas

En regardant ces belles fleurs

La Croix Douloureuse

Debussy:

Noël des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison

Gurney:

In Flanders

Everyone sang

Even such is time (Sir Walter Raleigh)

Ives, C:

In Flanders Fields

Battle cry of freedom

Tom Sails Away

Norris, D O:

Think only this

Poulenc:

Le Retour du sergent

Bleuet

Priez pour paix

Stephan:

Heimat

Im Einschlafen


Philip Langridge (tenor), David Owen Norris (piano) & Jennifer Langridge (cello)

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Poulenc: Voyage à Paris

Poulenc: Voyage à Paris


Poulenc:

Voyage à Paris

Mélodies (2) de Guillaume Apollinaire

Bleuet

Voyage

Hotel

Trois Poèmes de Louise Lalanne

Tel jour telle nuit

Tu vois le feu du soir

Metamorphoses, FP 121

Colloque

Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon

Priez pour paix

A sa guitare

Toréador - Chanson hispano-italienne

Nous voulons une petite soeur

Les chemins de l'amour


Felicity Lott (soprano) & Graham Johnson (piano)

The Songmakers' Almanac

“Interpretation of Poulenc's songs never stands still. But this recording reminds us of the impetus these artists gave to this repertoire, both in sound and imagination.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2011 *****

“This record will enchant you. Best of the Month” Hi-Fi News

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The Complete Songs of Francis Poulenc Volume 1

The Complete Songs of Francis Poulenc Volume 1


Poulenc:

Cocardes

Metamorphoses, FP 121

Chansons gaillardes

A sa guitare

Épitaphe sur un texte de Malherbe, FP55

Trois poèmes de Louise de Vilmorin

Bleuet

Dernier poeme

Rosemonde

Fiançailles pour rire, FP101

Parisiana

La courte paille


Lorna Anderson (soprano), Jonathan Lemalu (bass-baritone), Felicity Lott (soprano), Lisa Milne (soprano), Christopher Maltman (baritone), Robert Murray (tenor) & Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Composed over a period of 44 years the 150 works for piano and voice of Francis Poulenc remain consistently popular to concert audiences the world over. Varying in their individual style and character in a way that defies generalisation, Poulenc set music to a wide range of different French poetry – both ancient and modern, from the serious to the surreal.

This release marks the first in a new series charting the complete songs of Francis Poulenc, performed by some of the greatest singers of the day and accompanied by the exceptional Malcolm Martineau. Future releases will feature several works that have never before been recorded.

“The best performances... - Murray in the early Cocteau cycle Cocardes, Maltman in the Chansons Gaillardes, Milne in Fiançailles pour Rire – are very fine, even if it remains a disc to sample piecemeal rather than as a whole” The Guardian, 17th March 2011 ***

“This is a delightful project...Plus factors include national treasure Felicity Lott, divine in the 1960 cycle La Courte Paille. There’s also the masterly accompaniment of Malcolm Martineau, who helps to confirm Poulenc’s belief that his songs contained better piano music than any of his solo pieces.” The Times, 26th March 2011 ***

“Poulenc's singular mix of whimsy, religiosity and cool wit guarantees plenty of variety, and each song has a characteristically elaborate, note-rich piano part. Malcolm Martineau accompanies with judicious, sharp-eared facility and experience.” The Observer, 3rd April 2011

“Alongside Malcolm Martineau's searching piano, the singers find a consistent character: considered, spacious, unaffected but cumulatively intense, to the extent that you may need to pause and catch your breath every so often...Anderson finds a deadpan, butter-wouldn't-melt character for Vilmorin's more suggestive lines, while Maltman brings good humour and a poker face to the earthy Chansons galliardes” BBC Music Magazine, June 2011 *****

“these are songs that benefit greatly from the kind of musical intelligence Lott has in abundance...The early Chansons gaillardes are eloquently sung by Christopher Maltman...Lorna Anderson gives straightforward and very attractive readings...Lisa Milne is similarly excellent in the cycle Fiancailles pour rire and the slightly later group of three Metamorphoses” International Record Review, May 2011

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Poulenc: Songs after Poems of Guillame Apollinaire

Poulenc: Songs after Poems of Guillame Apollinaire


Poulenc:

Banalités

La grenouillère, Op. 5

Calligrammes

Le Bestiaire ou Cortege d'Orphee

Bleuet

Trois Poèmes de Louise Lalanne

Rosemonde

Mélodies (2) de Guillaume Apollinaire

Quatre poemes de Guillaume Apollinaire


Holger Falk (baritone), Alessandro Zuppardo (piano)

Poulenc heard Apollinaire reading his poetry in Paris and immortalised him in his songs. Here Holger Falk and his Italian piano accompanist Alessandro Zuppardo reacquaint us with the poet’s impressive words in their musical settings. Falk has made a name for himself as a highly expressive song interpreter and Zuppardo has specialized in song accompaniment so these works are in expert hands.

“Right from the aplomb with which he negotiates an unintentionally ironic phrase seconds after the start - it translates as 'If by misfortune I had been German' - he has the agile lightness of touch and the breadth of phrasing that this repertoire insists on...Falk's singing is unfailingly persuasive and full of interior feeling.” BBC Music Magazine, July 2011 ****

“The German Holger Falk and his Italian accomplice Alessandro Zuppardo clearly have this music in their bloodstream. Only the occasional word reveals Falk as non-native and, in general, his French is most impressive. He has an excellent sense of line, a fine sense of drama and a sweet tone that suits Poulenc well.” International Record Review, March 2011

“MDG have found a real vein of gold with Holger Falk. His vocal tone is gorgeously modulated and very easy on the ear, projecting the texts entirely comprehensibly...and taking Poulenc’s varied moods without a trace of strain.” MusicWeb International, 22nd May 2013

MDG Scene Poulenc complete songs for baritone and piano - MDG6031658

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