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Ravel: Mélodies / Nora Gubisch, mezzo-soprano; Alain Altinoglu, piano

Audio Samples

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madecasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Manteau de fleurs, song or voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Noël des jouets
>Ravel, Maurice : Mélodies populaires grecques (5)
>Ravel, Maurice : Tripatos, for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Sur l'herbe
>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
>Ravel, Maurice : Reves, song for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Mélodies hébraïques (2)

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madecasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Manteau de fleurs, song or voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Noël des jouets
>Ravel, Maurice : Mélodies populaires grecques (5)
>Ravel, Maurice : Tripatos, for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Sur l'herbe
>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
>Ravel, Maurice : Reves, song for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Mélodies hébraïques (2)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Born in Paris, Nora Gubisch began her musical studies at an early age at the Maîtrise of Radio France. On stage, she sings the title roles of Carmen by Bizet, Juditha triumphans by Vivaldi, Salammbô by P. Fénelon, La Belle Hélène by Offenbach, and Lucrèce by Britten. On this recording, Gubisch presents a selection of melodie cycles by Maurice Ravel. Gubisch is accompanied by her husband, renowned conductor and pianist Alain Altinoglu.

Sunday Times, August 2012
Not since the incomparable Régine Crespin...has a female French singer brought such insights and vocal allure to her native song repertoire as Nora Gubisch...Her voice remains youthful and bright, but capable of producing a wide spectrum of timbres for the very different demands of this challenging Ravel programme...The Kaddish can surely have never been more moving than it sounds on this fabulous disc.

Financial Times, September 2012
It is a long, long time since anyone delved into Ravel's songs as persuasively as Gubisch and her regular accompanist. The French mezzo-soprano has a full, voluptuous voice, but the key to her artistry lies in the idiomatic touch she brings to the music, based on her understanding of the texts and the difference it makes to the musical line...An outstanding recital.

International Record Review, November 2012
One of the many attractions of this lovely disc is the exceptionally thoughtful booklet essay by Nina Vines ... The recording is very fine and natural, with excellent balance ... as fine a performance as I have ever heard ... The individual songs are splendid.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
Altinoglu exploits the colours and textures with the utmost eloquence ... Gubisch, with a vocal timbre of mellifluous beauty and well-focused richness, responds with the striking malleable spectrum of sensibility to the varied scenarios that Ravel encapsulates.

The Independent, August 2012
Ravel effected an understated formal revolution in vocal music, the pieces performed here by mezzo-soprano Nora Gubisch with pianist Alain Altinoglu being notable for their commitment to textual interpretation rather than sheer operatic grandeur.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
As pointed out in the program notes (intelligently written by Nina Vi±es, the singer's mother) Ravel's songs traverse a wide range of styles, from the bewitching minimalism of 'Ronsard a son ame' with its accompaniment of open fifths for right hand alone, to the sprawling and lush 'Manteau des Fleurs', closer to Debussy than to Satie. Gubisch has a lovely voice, dark but clear, and wonderfully natural delivery; and she and Altinoglu capture a delicate balance between expressiveness and detachment that seems just right for these often strange, slyly intellectual but sensuous works. She also does not shy away from startling vocal effects: the peacock's cry in 'Le Paon' is more shocking than humorous, as Ravel surely meant it to be. Although its sacred text stretches the definition of "melodie", the performance of 'Kaddisch' is a fitting climax for this program: somber, elegant, and deeply moving.

BBC Music Magazine, Christmas 2012
[Gubisch] combines a beautiful voice with intelligence, crisp diction and a real sense of style...I would guess she's lived with this music for a long time...this is a disc from which young and even less young singers can learn a great deal. 'Aoua!', the central song of the Chansons madecasses, is truly terrifying, as it ought to be.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Colonne, Paris, France (06/2011).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
  • Performers: Magali Mosnier (Flute); Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano); Jerome Pernoo (Cello)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1925-26.
  • Running Time: 12 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Ravel, Maurice : Manteau de fleurs, song or voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano); Alain Altinoglu (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Ravel, Maurice : Noël des jouets
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Mélodies populaires grecques (5)
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Tripatos, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Ravel, Maurice : Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Sur l'herbe
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Ravel, Maurice : Rêves, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Ravel, Maurice : Mélodies hébraïques (2)
  • Performers: Alain Altinoglu (Piano); Nora Gubisch (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914