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Susan Graham
Un frisson français

1 Bizet  Chanson d'avril    2.32
2 Franck  Nocturne   3.48
Lalo   Guitare  1.42
4 Gounod   Au Rossignol   4.47
5 Saint-Saëns  Danse macabre  2.05
6 Chabrier Les cigales  3.45
7 Paladilhe  Psyché  3.12
8 Chausson  Les papillons   1.23
9 Bachelet  Chère nuit  5.30
10 Duparc  Au pays où se fait la guerre 5.16
11 Ravel  Le paon   4.59
12 Caplet  Le corbeau et le renard   3.40
13 Roussel  Réponse d'une épouse sage 3.21
14 Messiaen  La fiancée perdue  2.40
15 Debussy  Colloque sentimental  4.08
16 Fauré   Vocalise-Étude  3.20
17 Hahn  À Chloris   3.20
18 Satie  Le Chapelier  0.55
 Honegger  Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirène
19 I Chanson des sirènes 1.32
20 II Berceuse de la Sirène 0.58
21  III Chanson de la poire  0.24
22 Canteloube  Brezairola  4.03
23 Rosenthal  La souris d'Angleterre  2.55
24 Poulenc  La Dame de Monte Carlo 7.00

Catalogue No: ONYX4030

Undoubtedly an ONYX highlight for 2008 is the first recital disc for 5 years by the great American mezzo Susan Graham. Beloved by audiences the world over, this outstanding recording is sure to be much in demand worldwide.
 
The unique programme provides a celebration of French song in an unusual way – instead of  groups of songs by several composers Susan has opted for a single song by  22 different composers from Bizet to Poulenc.  This is the programme she and Malcolm Martineau her regular accompanist took on tour in the USA and Europe in 2007/2008.  Reviews were unanimous “confirms Susan Graham as the ideal package she is”  (Music Web) “resistance is futile” (New York Times); superb, exquisite (Chicago Tribune)
 
Susan Graham is particularly at home in French repertoire, one of the few non-French singers recognised by the French themselves when they made her a Commandeur dans L’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.  Susan refutes the idea that all French vocal music sounds the same: "This programme has everything: loud, soft, high, low, fast, slow, romantic, acidic."
 
Includes some surprises- Saint-Saëns’ Danse Macabre for example, known by everyone as a orchestral showpiece but in fact first written as a song, but hardly ever performed as such; and some favourites such as Hahn’s À Chloris and Canteloube’s Brezairola, but far more discoveries such as the gorgeous Psyché by Paladilhe and Bachelet’s ecstatic Chère Nuit.
 
Susan Graham comments on this recording:
"The program I have recorded with Malcolm Martineau is a really rich variety of French mélodies over a hundred-year span, from the mid-19th to mid-20th century. It's a rich tapestry - from Bizet to Poulenc - and it provides a delicious variety of romantic, saucy, lush, humorous, and offbeat songs. Some are heartbreaking, some are dramatic - almost operatic - in scope, like Bachelet's "Chère nuit". Some are little brush-strokes, and some create a whole landscape. There are animal songs, nature songs, love songs, songs about love manqué, and some subtle French humor thrown in for fun. They make up a varied and rich program. If they were food and you were in a restaurant, these songs would be the entire appetizer menu, and you'd have to order them all."

 

 

 

 

 


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Track Number
Title
Duration
MP3
1
Bizet, Georges
Chanson d'avril
02:33
2
Franck, Cesar
Nocturne
03:49
3
Lalo, Édouard
Guitare
01:43
4
Gounod, Charles
Au Rossignol
04:48
5
Saint-Saëns, Camille
Danse macabre
02:07
6
Chabrier, Emmanuel
Les cigales
03:46
7
Paladilhe, Émile
Psyché
03:12
8
Chausson, Ernest
Les Papillons
01:24
9
Bachelet, Alfred
Chère nuit
05:30
10
Duparc, Henri
Au pays où se fait la guerre
05:20
11
Ravel, Maurice
Le Paon
05:00
12
Caplet, André
Le corbeau et le renard
03:40
13
Roussel, Albert
Réponse d'une épouse sage
03:22
14
Messiaen, Olivier
La fiancée perdue
02:41
15
Debussy, Claude
Colloque sentimental
04:09
16
Fauré, Gabriel
Vocalise-Étude
03:19
17
Hahn, Reynaldo
À Chloris
03:21
18
Satie, Erik
Le Chapelier
00:56
19
Honegger, Arthur
Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirène - I Chanson des sirènes
01:32
20
Honegger, Arthur
Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirène - II Berceuse de la Sirène
00:59
21
Honegger, Arthur
Trois Chansons de la Petite Sirène - III Chanson de la poire
00:24
22
Canteloube, Joseph
Brezairola
04:04
23
Rosenthal, Manuel
La souris d'Angleterre
02:57
24
Poulenc, Francis
La Dame de Monte Carlo
07:01

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1. Saint-Saëns: Danse macabre
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2. Paladilhe: Psyché
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3. Caplet: Le corbeau et le renard
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4. Hahn: À Chloris
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5. Satie: Le Chapelier
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