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Philippe Sly: In Dreams / Robert Schumann, Maurice Ravel, Joseph-Guy Ropartz / Michael McMahon

Audio Samples

>Schumann, Robert : Dichterliebe, Op. 48
>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
>Ropartz, Guy [Composer] : Poemes (4), for baritone & orchestra
>Dove, Jonathan : Tennyson Songs (3), for voice & piano

Album Summary

>Schumann, Robert : Dichterliebe, Op. 48
>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
>Ropartz, Guy [Composer] : Poemes (4), for baritone & orchestra
>Dove, Jonathan : Tennyson Songs (3), for voice & piano
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

As soon as we knew we would have an opportunity to work on this album together, Michael McMahon suggested we record Guy Ropartz's 4 Poèmes de l'Intermezzo. I had never heard of the composer before, let alone the songs themselves. I was struck by the depth of feeling and immediacy in Ropartz's setting of Heine's poetry. Heine's Lyrisches Intermezzo also happens to be the source of Schumann's celebrated song-cycle Dichterliebe. This "lyric intermezzo" is a collection of sixty-six poems describing the torments of a young poet in love. These poems are preceded by a prologue in prose about an errant knight in love with a fair maiden. One is immediately reminded of Don Quixote and his elusive Dulcinea. The theme of the elusive feminine is widespread in Heine's sixty-six poems and especially those chosen by Ropartz and Schumann in these songs. We have included Ravel's Don Quichotte à Dulcinée in the spirit of Heine's prosodic intro to the Intermezzo of poems.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of Saint-Benoît de Mirabel (03/2012).



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Works Details

>Schumann, Robert : Dichterliebe, Op. 48
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1840

>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932-1933

>Ropartz, Guy [Composer] : Poèmes (4), for baritone & orchestra
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899

>Dove, Jonathan : Tennyson Songs (3), for voice & piano
  • Performers: Michael McMahon (Piano); Philippe Sly (Bass Baritone)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal