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Le Bestiaire / Celine Ricci, soprano; Daniel Lockert, piano

Audio Samples

>Sauguet, Henri [Composer] : Les Animaux et leurs Hommes, song cycle for voice & piano
>Severac, Deodat de : Chanson pour le petit cheval for voice & piano
>Severac, Deodat de : Les Hiboux for voice & piano
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Le petit ane blanc, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Caplet, Andre : Fables (3) de Jean de la Fontaine, for voice & piano
>Grovlez, Gabriel : L'Almanac aux Images
>     Les Anes
>Sauguet, Henri [Composer] : Le Chat, for voice & piano
>Herscher-Clement, Jeanne : Le Bestiaire du Paradis, cycle for 2 voices, flute & piano

Album Summary

>Sauguet, Henri [Composer] : Les Animaux et leurs Hommes, song cycle for voice & piano
>Severac, Deodat de : Chanson pour le petit cheval for voice & piano
>Severac, Deodat de : Les Hiboux for voice & piano
>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Le petit ane blanc, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Caplet, Andre : Fables (3) de Jean de la Fontaine, for voice & piano
>Grovlez, Gabriel : L'Almanac aux Images
>Sauguet, Henri [Composer] : Le Chat, for voice & piano
>Herscher-Clement, Jeanne : Le Bestiaire du Paradis, cycle for 2 voices, flute & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

In this fascinating, political satire, lessons learned through animal personification is the creation of the world that is Le Bestiaire, ingeniously depicted by soprano CTline Ricci and her pianist and collaborator, Daniel Lockert. In this collection of songs by Henri Sauguet, Jacques Ibert, AndrT Caplet, with the base concepts of humanity depicted by the words of RenT de Brimont, Paul +luard, Charles Baudelaire, Jean de la Fontaine, and Prosper Estieu. This release compiles a succinct anthology of French songs combining well-known poetry with more obscure pieces in order to showcase a variety of human expressions through music.



Reviews

What pretty and fascinating animals in song!
"Le Bestiaire" is a charming collection of art songs from French composers on poems about animals. More accurately, this is a fascinating and beautiful compilation of songs whose texts are from French poets who used the technique of anthropomorphism - attributing very human like qualities to animals or using metaphors about animal behaviors to comment on humans. In literature, this is an old and intriguing form dating back to Medieval poetry. In this collection, the effects and sounds of the songs are beautiful throughout and, in some cases, mysterious. For example, the "Trois Fables de La Fontaine" by Andre Caplet, a colleague of Debussy, is a setting of a trilogy by Jean de la Fontaine. The fables are similar to the classic Aesop's fables in that animals are depicted as being placed in some very human situations and making very human decisions where the ethics of the decisions is the very point. The music is, characteristically, very ethereal and filled with wonder. The largest cycle in this collection is Jeanne Herscher-Clement's "Le Bestiaire du Paradis". Each song, each poem by Renee de Brimont, comments on the various animals found in Paradise and, as one expects, the traits of these animals that the poet envisions and their correlations to human traits. Soprano Celine Riccci is of French heritage and has a wonderfully expressive and clear tone and a clear sensitivity to this music. She specializes in early music and Baroque opera, with performances of the works of Handel to her credit. Her pianist, Daniel Lockert enjoys an international reputation as a soloist but primarily as a gifted vocal accompanist. His playing is clean and sympathetic to the tone of the music and the abilities of Ms. Ricci. This exquisite recital includes works by Henri Sauget, Deodat de Severac, Jacques Ibert and a solo piano work (about donkeys..) by Gabriel Grovlez. I enjoyed this disc a great deal. I truly enjoy thematic programming anyway so something like a collection on songs from texts that deal with anthropomorphism fascinates me. Even if your approach to listening to this is to approach the music solely on its own terms, you should enjoy it. Celine Ricci is a wonderful singer and I liked the music, especially the larger works by Sauget and Clement for their own combined thematicism. Strongly recommended!
Submitted on 03/28/12 by Dan Coombs 
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Works Details

>Sauguet, Henri [Composer] : Les Animaux et leurs Hommes, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Céline Ricci (Voice); Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1921

>Déodat de Sévérac (1872 - 1921) : Chanson pour le petit cheval for voice & piano
  • Performers: Céline Ricci (Voice); Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Déodat de Sévérac (1872 - 1921) : Les Hiboux for voice & piano
  • Performers: Céline Ricci (Voice); Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Ibert, Jacques [Composer] : Le petit âne blanc, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>André Caplet (1878 - 1925) : Fables (3) de Jean de la Fontaine, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Céline Ricci (Voice); Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Grovlez, Gabriel : L'Almanac aux Images :: Les Anes
  • Performer: Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Sauguet, Henri [Composer] : Le Chat, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Céline Ricci (Voice); Daniel Lockert (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Jeanne Herscher-Clément (1878 - 1941) : Le Bestiaire du Paradis, cycle for 2 voices, flute & piano
  • Performers: Daniel Lockert (Piano); Céline Ricci (Voice)
  • Running Time: 36 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal