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Fête Galante / French songs for soprano & piano

Audio Samples

>Fauré, Gabriel : Mandoline, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Aurore, Op. 39 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : En sourdine, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/2
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Debussy, Claude : Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 80
>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Bilitis
>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 121
>Poulenc, Francis : Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, for voice & piano, FP 122
>Poulenc, Francis : Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne (3), for voice & piano, FP 57
>Honegger, Arthur : Saluste de Bartas (6), villanelles for voice & piano, H. 152
>Vuillermoz, Émile : Chansons populaires Françaises et Canadiennes, for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Fauré, Gabriel : Mandoline, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Aurore, Op. 39 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : En sourdine, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/2
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Debussy, Claude : Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 80
>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Bilitis
>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 121
>Poulenc, Francis : Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, for voice & piano, FP 122
>Poulenc, Francis : Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne (3), for voice & piano, FP 57
>Honegger, Arthur : Saluste de Bartas (6), villanelles for voice & piano, H. 152
>Vuillermoz, Émile : Chansons populaires Françaises et Canadiennes, for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

In collaboration with Espace musique (Radio-Canada), ATMA Classique presents a reissue of an outstanding recital of French songs with soprano Karina Gauvin and pianist Marc-André Hamelin. The title "Fête galante" recalls a sophisticated garden party and alludes to a collection of poems by Paul Verlaine. This sets the tone for a recording dedicated to capturing the pinnacle of French song. Canada's superstar soprano Karina Gauvin has impressed audiences and critics the world over with her luscious timbre, profound musicality and wide vocal range. The Globe and Mail calls her "one of the dream sopranos of our time". As an active recitalist, she has collaborated with several chamber music ensembles and with pianists Marc-André Hamelin, Michael McMahon and Roger Vignoles.

"This unique collaboration confirms beyond a doubt that Marc-André Hamelin, though modest, is an exceptional pianist of great intelligence. One may only hope that despite his busy solo career he will find the time to charm us again in this more intimate setting... This might very well be the beginning of a wonderful relationship that will delight music lovers all over the world." -La Scena Musicale

"If this disc is something of a calling-card...then it highlights on the part of the singer both an evident sympathy with this French repertoire and a sharp musical intelligence at work...hardly surprisingly, Marc-André Hamelin dispatches even the trickiest of all the accompaniments with ease, even nonchalance: this is luxury casting." -International Record Review

"One of the many joys of this fine disc is the absolute refusal of either singer or accompanist either to wallow in sentiment or to indulge in wayward self-promotion. Karina Gauvin's voice is one of rare beauty, with a high register fully integrated with the middle...Not all virtuoso pianists can accompany sensitively, but Marc-André Hamelin is superb - technically impeccable and with a wide tonal range." -BBC Music

International Record Review
If this disc is something of a calling-card...then it highlights on the part of the singer both an evident sympathy with this French repertoire and a sharp musical intelligence at work...hardly surprisingly, Marc-André Hamelin dispatches even the trickiest of all the accompaniments with ease, even nonchalance: this is luxury casting.

Gramophone Magazine
Karina Gauvin is a remarkable Canadian soprano with a wonderfully fresh and firm voice. Francophone herself, she is ideally suited to sing this ambitious collection of French songs, perfectly supported by pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin...Altogether a most satisfying recital, not just superbly performed but very well recorded, if with the balance slightly favouring the singer.

BBC Music Magazine
One of the many joys of this fine disc is the absolute refusal of either singer or accompanist either to wallow in sentiment or to indulge in wayward self-promotion. Karina Gauvin's voice is one of rare beauty, with a high register fully integrated with the middle...Not all virtuoso pianists can accompany sensitively, but Marc-André Hamelin is superb - technically impeccable and with a wide tonal range.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999).



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Works Details

>Fauré, Gabriel : Mandoline, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/1
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Fauré, Gabriel : Aurore, Op. 39 no 1
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/20/1884

>Fauré, Gabriel : En sourdine, song for voice & piano (Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise'), Op. 58/2
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Debussy, Claude : Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set I, L. 80
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Debussy, Claude : Chansons (3) de Bilitis
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1897-1898

>Poulenc, Francis : Métamorphoses, song cycle for voice & piano, FP 121
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Deux poèmes de Louis Aragon, for voice & piano, FP 122
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Trois poèmes de Louise Lalanne (3), for voice & piano, FP 57
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1931

>Honegger, Arthur : Saluste de Bartas (6), villanelles for voice & piano, H. 152
  • Performers: Karina Gauvin (Soprano); Marc-André Hamelin (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Vuillermoz, Émile : Chansons populaires Françaises et Canadiennes, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Marc-André Hamelin (Piano); Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
  • Notes: Studio 12, Maison de Radio-Canada, Montreal (05/14/1999-05/15/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern