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Romances & Chants d'Oiseaux: Virtuoso French Melodies / Elizabeth Vidal, sop.; Susan Manoff, piano; Philippe Bernold, flute.

Album Summary

>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("Silence ineffable de l'heure"), song for voice & piano, L. 43
>Debussy, Claude : Les roses, song for voice & piano, L. 13
>Debussy, Claude : La Romance d'Ariel ("Au long ds ces montagnes douces"), song for voice & piano, L. 54
>Debussy, Claude : Fête galante ("Voilà Sylvandre et Lycas et Myrtil"), song for voice & piano, L. 23
>Debussy, Claude : Pierrot
>Debussy, Claude : Rondel chinois ("Sur le lac bordé d'azalée"), song for voice & piano, L. 17
>Debussy, Claude : Sérénade ("Las, Colombine a fermé le volet"), song for voice & piano, L. 34
>Debussy, Claude : Nuit d'étoiles ("Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4
>Benedict, Julius : La gitane et l'oiseau, for voice & orchestra
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La libélulle, song for voice & orchestra
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le rossignol
>David, Félicien César : La perle du Brésil
>Beydts, Louis : Chansons Pour Les Oiseaux
>Longas, Federico : Le rossignol et l'empereur
>Rosenthal, Manuel : Précieuses (3) for voice & piano
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Notes & Reviews:

This is the reissue of the first recording, unavailable for years, of French soprano coloratura Elizabeth Vidal, who topped the French music charts in 2014 with a pop-classical album, La Cantadora. "We have brought together on this recording works by French composers (or composers living in France) who were born between 1810 and 1910. All of them had, amongst others, a talent for bringing out the qualities of the light coloratura soprano voice. From Félicien David (1810-1876) to Manuel Rosenthal (b. 1904), composers tried out new alchemies, but the filiation seems clear when it comes to this taste for the use of these ethereal voices. Camille Saint-Saëns and Louis Beydts alike played at transforming them from springs into torrents, from flowers into birds, to every-one's great delight. This programme brings to light hitherto unpublished or rare items: Saint-Saëns's La libellule, a mélodie com-posed in 1894 for Sybil Sanderson, which had never been recorded; Manuel Rosenthal's Trois précieuses, of which this is the world première recording; Federico Longas's Le rossignol et l'Empereur, which had not been recorded or sung since its first performance in 1937 by Lily Pons; Louis Beydts's Chansons pour les oiseaux, last recorded in the 1960s by Janine Micheau."


Works:

Sérénade “Las, Colombine a fermé le volet” by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1882

Rondel chinois by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: circa 1881; France

Poèmes (7) de Banville: no 7, Fête galante by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1882; France

Pierrot by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1881; France

Nuit d’étoiles by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1880; France

Les roses by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Post-Romantic
Written: 1882

La romance d’Ariel by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1884; France

La gitane et l’oiseau by Julius Benedict
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)

La libellule by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1894; France

Parysatis: Le rossignol at la rose by Camille Saint-Saëns
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)

La perle du Brésil: Charmant oiseau “Couplets de Mysoli” by Félicien César David
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: Romantic
Written: 1851; Paris, France

Romance by Claude Debussy
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century
Written: France

Chansons pour les oiseaux by Louis Antoine Beydts
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)
Period: 20th Century

Trois précieuses by Manuel Rosenthal
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Susan Manoff (Piano)

Le rossignol et l’Empereur by Federico Longas
Performer: Elisabeth Vidal (Soprano), Philippe Bernold (Flute)
Period: 20th Century
Written: 1937

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Au Domaine De Grand' Maisons (Villepreux) (10/1993).



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Works Details

>Debussy, Claude : Romance ("Silence ineffable de l'heure"), song for voice & piano, L. 43
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1883

>Debussy, Claude : Les roses, song for voice & piano, L. 13
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : La Romance d'Ariel ("Au long ds ces montagnes douces"), song for voice & piano, L. 54
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 4 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1884

>Debussy, Claude : Fête galante ("Voilà Sylvandre et Lycas et Myrtil"), song for voice & piano, L. 23
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Pierrot
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : Rondel chinois ("Sur le lac bordé d'azalée"), song for voice & piano, L. 17
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1881

>Debussy, Claude : Sérénade ("Las, Colombine a fermé le volet"), song for voice & piano, L. 34
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Debussy, Claude : Nuit d'étoiles ("Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 4
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1880

>Benedict, Julius : La gitane et l'oiseau, for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 3 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : La libélulle, song for voice & orchestra
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Le rossignol
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>David, Félicien César : La perle du Brésil :: Air de Lora
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 6 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1851

>Beydts, Louis : Chansons Pour Les Oiseaux
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 10 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Longas, Federico : Le rossignol et l'empereur
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rosenthal, Manuel : Précieuses (3) for voice & piano
  • Performers: Philippe Bernold (Flute); Susan Manoff (Piano); Elizabeth Vidal
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern