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Little Girl Blue from Nina Simone / Sonia Wieder-Atherton, cello; Bruno Fontaine, piano; Laurent Kraif, percussion

Album Summary

>Menotti, Gian C. : The Medium
>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
>Rodgers, Richard : Little Girl Blue, song (from "Jumbo")
>Simone, Nina : Fodder On My Wings
>Ellington, Duke : Hey Buddy Bolden
>Simone, Nina : Images
>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
>Sheridan, Susan : You can have him, song
>Taylor, Billy : I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
>Rotter, Fritz : That's All I Want from You
>Brown, Oscar, Jr. : Brown Baby, song
>Abair, Mindi : Stars
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata in g minor, Op. 19
>Simone, Nina : Come Ye
>Simone, Nina : Return Home
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

Sonia Wieder-Atherton on Nina Simone: "There is one thing I am sure of: she moves you and enchants you beyond belief. But then we all know that. What I do not know is the space she is in when suddenly I hear a Bach chorale or a Monteverdi madrigal. I have dived deep into [Nina's] repertory, her arrangements, her harmonic universe and her story too. This project is about offering her the voice of my cello, supported and accompanied by the multi-faceted musicianship of Bruno Fontaine, and the infinite poetry of Laurent Kraif's sounds. For Sonia Wieder-Atherton, music has always been a laboratory. Her unbounded research has taken her from one repertoire to another, from one discovery to the next, in a relentless pursuit of meaning. She enjoys nothing better than to decipher the language of contemporary composers like Pascal Dusapin, Georges Aperghis, and Wolfgang Rihm, all of whom have written for her. Researching the "classical" repertory with equal devotion, her curiosity sets her interpretations apart. In recent years she has instigated a wide range of projects conceived as complete musical and visual experiences, including this, her latest project, Little Girl Blue, from Nina Simone.

The Strad, March 2015
Bold reimaginings of [Nina] Simone's own radical, sometimes fierce music... Wieder-Atherton captures the spirit of her subject.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Salle Colonne, Paris, France (04/2014).



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Works Details

>Menotti, Gian C. : The Medium :: Black swan
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1945

>Traditional, American : Black Is the Color of My True Love's Hair, folk song
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Laurent Kraif (Percussion); Laurent Kraif (Steel Pan); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.

>Rodgers, Richard : Little Girl Blue, song (from "Jumbo")
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Simone, Nina : Fodder On My Wings
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Ellington, Duke : Hey Buddy Bolden
  • Performers: Laurent Kraif (Percussion); Laurent Kraif (Steel Pan); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1956

>Simone, Nina : Images
  • Performer: Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Brahms, Johannes : Chorale Preludes (11) for Organ, Op. 122
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Sheridan, Susan : You can have him, song
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Laurent Kraif (Percussion); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Steve Diamond.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1949

>Taylor, Billy : I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Laurent Kraif (Percussion); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rotter, Fritz : That's All I Want from You
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Brown, Oscar, Jr. : Brown Baby, song
  • Performers: Laurent Kraif (Percussion); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Abair, Mindi : Stars
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Notes: This work was written in collaboration with Matthew Hager.
  • Running Time: 6 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1974

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Sonata in g minor, Op. 19 :: Andante
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Simone, Nina : Come Ye
  • Performers: Laurent Kraif (Talking Drum); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Simone, Nina : Return Home
  • Performers: Bruno Fontaine (Piano); Sonia Wieder-Atherton (Cello)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary