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Aubert Lemeland & l'Amerique - Orchestral and vocal works of Lemeland

Audio Samples

>Lemeland, Aubert : Omaha, for women's voices, a cappella
>Lemeland, Aubert : Elegie a la Memoire de Samuel Barber, Op. 125
>Lemeland, Aubert : Concerto funebre, Op 151 "A la memoire de William Schuman"
>Lemeland, Aubert : Songs for the Dead Soldiers
>     Memories of a Lost War (excerpt)
>     I saw the Dead (excerpt)
>     Carentan O Carentan (excerpt)
>Lemeland, Aubert : Battle Pieces, for piano & string orchestra, Op. 174
>Word, Spoken : Mon chien, la musique americaine et moi (text by Aubert Lemeland)

Album Summary

>Lemeland, Aubert : Omaha, for women's voices, a cappella
>Lemeland, Aubert : Elegie a la Memoire de Samuel Barber, Op. 125
>Lemeland, Aubert : Concerto funebre, Op 151 "A la memoire de William Schuman"
>Lemeland, Aubert : Songs for the Dead Soldiers
>Lemeland, Aubert : Battle Pieces, for piano & string orchestra, Op. 174
>Word, Spoken : Mon chien, la musique americaine et moi (text by Aubert Lemeland)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This three-CD collection includes an anthology of French composer and writer, Aubert Lemeland's orchestral and vocal works. Also included is a novel written in French by the composer.

American Record Guide, September/October 2013
The music itself is interesting. He wound up in London, where he was exposed to the music of Barber, Copland, Harris, Ives, Piston, Schuman, and others, showing him a new path forward. Omaha is an eight-minute poem by the composer to the allies who invaded France at Omaha Beach. Sounding much like Poulenc, it is nicely sung by the women of the Francine Bessac Choir. The harmonic movement of the Elegie in Memory of Samuel Barber is reminiscent of that composer; the Grenoble Ensemble has a good grip on its nostalgic character. The Concerto Funebre, in homage to William Schuman (parts remind me of his New England Tryptich), is divided into a slower, then faster section. The soprano has tender moments. The five battle pieces reminded me of Charles Ives's Three Places in New England or Symphony 2 with their obvious use of folk, religious, or military tunes. They're all for string orchestra with piano harmonics and are nicely played. The engineering is what I characterize as commonly French: balanced and clear. Note well: There is a total of 59 minutes of music on this album. The rest of the two hours and 43 minutes is Lemeland reminiscing in French about "American music and me" - why it's called My Dog is beyond me. The songs are all in English with printed text.



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Works Details

>Lemeland, Aubert : Omaha, for women's voices, a cappella
  • Ensemble: Choeurs Francine Bessac
  • Running Time: 8 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemeland, Aubert : Élégie à la Mémoire de Samuel Barber, Op. 125
  • Conductor: Marc Tardue
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
  • Running Time: 6 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemeland, Aubert : Concerto funèbre, Op 151 "A la mémoire de William Schuman"
  • Performer: Marie-Annick Nicolas (Violin)
  • Conductor: Emmanuel Plasson
  • Ensemble: Toulouse Chamber Orchestra
  • Running Time: 13 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Concerto

>Lemeland, Aubert : Songs for the Dead Soldiers :: Memories of a Lost War (excerpt)
  • Performer: Carole Farley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Tardue
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemeland, Aubert : Songs for the Dead Soldiers :: I saw the Dead (excerpt)
  • Performer: Carole Farley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Tardue
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemeland, Aubert : Songs for the Dead Soldiers :: Carentan O Carentan (excerpt)
  • Performer: Carole Farley (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marc Tardue
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Instrumental de Grenoble
  • Running Time: 8 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Lemeland, Aubert : Battle Pieces, for piano & string orchestra, Op. 174
  • Performer: Jean-Pierre Ferey (Piano)
  • Conductor: Marc Tardue
  • Running Time: 12 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Word, Spoken : Mon chien, la musique américaine et moi (text by Aubert Lemeland)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 2002