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Moments of Love - songs by Ravel, Saint-Saens, Wyner, Hahn, Britten / Dominique Labelle, soprano; Yehudi Wyner, piano

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois Poemes de Stephane Mallarme
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Aimons-nous
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : L'attente
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La coccinelle, song for voice & piano
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Melodies persanes
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Danse macabre
>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le printemps, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le rossignol des lilas, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Fumee, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Dans la nuit, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : L'Heure exquise, for voice & piano (no 5 from Chansons grises)
>Britten, Benjamin : Calypso (Driver, drive faster), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
>Britten, Benjamin : Johnny (O the valley...), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
>Britten, Benjamin : Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
>Britten, Benjamin : Funeral Blues (Stop all the clocks...), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

This song recital documents the long and brilliant partnership of soprano Dominique Labelle and composer/pianist, Yehudi Wyner. Dominique Labelle first came to prominence as Donna Anna in Peter Sellars's daring production of Don Giovanni, which she performed in New York, Paris and Vienna. She has made many recordings, including Handel's Arminio (Virgin Classics), which won the 2002 Handel Prize. Yehudi Wyner won the Pulitzer Prize in 2006 for his piano concerto, Chiavi in Mano. The work was recorded by Robert Levin, piano; the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano, conductor, and is available on BRIDGE 9282.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts U (07/16/2012-07/18/2012).



Reviews

Labelle and Wyner show real chemistry
Dominique Labelle and Yehdi Wyner have put together an engaging program with "Moments of Love." Labelle's voice has a warm lower register and a very clean upper register that she uses to great effect in this musical examination of love's multiplicity. There's a real chemistry between singer and accompanist that makes the listening experience even more enjoyable.

Featured on the recording is Ravel's "Trois Poems de Stephane Mallarme" and a selection of songs by Saint-Saens. Labelle's voice is well-suited to this French repertoire, sounding slightly mysterious in the Ravel, and inviting and charming with Saint-Saens' selections.

There's something about the composer playing his own work -- especially one as accomplished a performer as Wyner. "The Second Madrigal: Voices of Women" was originally written for soprano and chamber ensemble. His adaptation of the work for voice and solo piano is quite effective. The composition seems to borrow gestures from mid-century atonality, but still (to my ears) rooted around tonal centers. The result is music that conveys deep emotion though apparent dissonance -- emotion Labelle expresses quite effectively.

Reynaldo Hahn's youthful art songs are sung with a simple beauty entirely appropriate to the material, and the disc ends with four songs from Britten. Jazz and tin-pan alley rubs shoulders with classical in these numbers, and Labelle delivers with a wink and smile.
Submitted on 04/21/14 by RGraves321 
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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé :: Soupir
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé :: Placet futile
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé :: Surgi de la croupe et du bond
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Aimons-nous
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : L'attente
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1855

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : La coccinelle, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Mélodies persanes :: no 6. Tournoiement
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Camille Saint-Saëns (1835 - 1921) : Danse macabre
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Wyner, Yehudi : The Second Madrigal :: Voices of Women
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1999

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le printemps, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le rossignol des lilas, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Fumée, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Dans la nuit, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : L'Heure exquise, for voice & piano (no 5 from Chansons grises)
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Britten, Benjamin : Calypso (Driver, drive faster), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Johnny (O the valley...), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Tell me the Truth about Love, for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1937

>Britten, Benjamin : Funeral Blues (Stop all the clocks...), for voice & piano (Cabaret Songs)
  • Performers: Dominique Labelle (Soprano); Yehudi Wyner (Piano)
  • Notes: Distler Performance Hall, Granoff Music Center, Tufts University, Medford, Massachusetts (07/16/2012-07/18/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1937