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Chansons Perpétuelles

Album Summary

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Poems (3) for soprano & piano
>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch
>Fauré, Gabriel : Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise', song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 58
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Chest Romansov, op. 4
>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Little Island, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/2
>Koechlin, Charles : Cinq mélodies, op. 5
>Koechlin, Charles : Sept rondels, op. 8
>Chausson, Ernest : Chanson perpétuelle, for soprano & orchestra (or piano quintet), Op. 37
Performer Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The Guardian, 22nd January 2015
A bit too much of the Canadian contralto's material depends on a soft, breathy delivery for its effect. Fine though much of this is, it comes as something of a relief when her Rachmaninov proves to be full-toned, in-your-face and blatant, and her Koechlin sounds witty and faintly dirty.

Classical Music, April 2015
Lemieux colours each subtly different mood and tone so precisely, so winningly, that there seems endless variety. Vignoles is characteristically responsive, and recorded sound is excellent.

Marie-Nicole Lemieux's sixth recital recording on Naïve is a series of breathtaking melodies from the last decade of the nineteenth century, "a pivotal era that was incredibly rich and varied - and I believe this programme provides an accurate portrait of it." Marie-Nicole Lemieux said. Marie-Nicole Lemieux and Roger Vignoles, internationally recognized as one of the world's most distinguished accompanists of today, will tour this program in several of the leading European venues in 2015. "These were the peak years of French mélodie: we hear Fauré - the Mélodies de Venise were among his first successes; Koechlin, who is very little known today but who was very forward-looking in his orchestration and harmony; and Chausson and Lekeu as well. The composers I've assembled are all linked with chamber and instrumental music: it's that intimate side that interests me, which explains the choice of Wolf rather than Strauss. In the end, the programme is a wide-ranging journey through late nineteenth-century Europe, illustrated by songs that I love, that I listen to myself. I like the variety of mood you get in a programme of this sort. You don't sing Rachmaninoff the same way you sing Fauré - especially the texts by Verlaine, which I adore and which for me are the poems that best lend themselves to singing. I wanted to emphasise the genuinely embodied, physical side of the sensuality in Fauré." Detailed track-list: Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894) Trois poèmes: 'Sur une tombe' - 'Ronde' - 'Nocturne'* Hugo Wolf (1860-1903) Italienisches liederbuch [excerpts]: 'Auch kleine Dinge' - 'Du denkst mit einem Fädchen' - 'Mein Liebster singt' - 'Wohl kenn' ich Euren Stand' Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) Cinq mélodies de Venise op. 58: 'Mandoline' - 'En sourdine' - 'Green' - 'À Clymène' - 'C'est l'extase' Serge Rachmaninov (1873-1943) Chest Romansov op. 4 [excerpts]: 'O, net, moljou ne ukhodi!' - 'Utro' - 'V moltchan' ji nochi tajnoj' - 'Ne poj, krasavica, pri mne' 'Ostrovok', from Dvenadtsat Romansov op. 14/2 Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) 'Si tu le veux' op. 5/5, from Cinq Mélodies 'Menuet' op. 5/2, from Cinq Mélodies 'La Pêche' op. 8/1, from Sept Rondels 'L'Hiver' op. 8/2, from Sept Rondels 'La Lune' op. 8/4, from Sept Rondels Ernest Chausson (1855-1899) Chanson perpétuelle opus posthume 37*

MusicWeb International, April 2015
[Lemieux's] dramatic intensity and Vignoles' fine postlude make for a good performance.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
A beautifully crafted program. Lemieux sounds terrific in every piece, but especially in the two tracks with the quartet, Lekeu's 'Nocturne' and Chausson's 'Chanson Perpetuelle'. Guillaume Lekeu (1870-1894) was born in Belgium and lived in France. The music is gentle and romantic and the quartet writing beautiful. Liner notes, or "points of reference" as they are called here, state that Lekeu's Trois Poemes were so popular that he wrote a second arrangement of the third, 'Nocturne'. Chausson so admired this that he was inspired to create an arrangement of his orchestral 'Chanson Perpetuelle' for the same instrumentation.

The Wolf pieces are lovely; Lemieux is as comfortable and convincing in German as in French. 'Auch Kleine Dinge' is sentimental, and her 'Du Denkst Mit Einem FSdchen' darling. The Rachmaninoffs are spectacular. Lemieux sounds golden, full, and the diction is clear and never forced. Vignoles, who plays the entire program with wonderful sensitivity and clarity, is especially good here, from more intimate moments in 'Utro' and 'V Molchan'e Nochi Taynoy', to the broader, more dramatic 'O, Net, Molyu, Ne Ukhodi!'. The performance of 'Ne Poj, Krasvitsa, Pri Mne' is among the best I've heard.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Akademiezaal Saint-Trond, Belgium (02/2014).



Reviews

Very good performance of short works from these composers
The tone of this CD and the works chosen for it are evident from the opening phrases of the first piece – somewhat somber and melancholy, but simultaneously warm and rich. And thus begins the latest offering from Marie-Nicole Lemieux with three poems in sound from Guilaume Lekeu. Next comes four works from Hugo Wolf, and the first of the two has a wonderful warm longing feel to it, suiting Ms. Lemieux’s voice very well indeed. “Mein Liebster singt” (track 6) is also in this same vein.

The mood becomes uplifting while retaining that same warm feeling in the first of the five works of Gabriel Faure to be featured, and I must admit that these pieces were the highlight of the CD for me. Following this are four works from Rachmaninoff, five tender pieces (the first a love-story work) from Koechlin (the fourth, “Winter” painting an amazing atmospheric world in sound), and finishing with Chausson’s heart wrenching Perpetuelle.

Roger Vignoles does a fine job accompanying Ms. Lemieux on the piano, and Quatuor Psophos (2 violins, 1 viola, and 1 cello) also performs well on tracks 3 and 32. But the star of the CD is Ms. Lemieux’s warm and honey-like contralto, her sound and these works fitting together very well indeed. The liner notes are also top notch, featuring an interview with Ms. Lemieux as well as language transcriptions of each of the pieces. The recording itself is clear, balanced, and captures the full dynamic of the performances. This is a very well done offering from the “naïve” label, and if this type of repertoire appeals to you, then I would definitely recommend this recording.

Submitted on 02/24/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Lekeu, Guillaume : Poems (3) for soprano & piano
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1892

>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch :: Auch kleine Dinge
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1896

>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch :: Du denkst mit einem Fädchen
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1896

>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch :: Mein Liebster singt
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1896

>Wolf, Hugo : Italienisches Liederbuch :: Wohl kenn' ich Euren Stand
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1896

>Fauré, Gabriel : Cinq Mélodies 'de Venise', song cycle for voice & piano, Op. 58
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1891

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Chest Romansov, op. 4 :: O, net molyu ne ukhodi!
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Chest Romansov, op. 4 :: Utro
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Chest Romansov, op. 4 :: V moltchan e notchi taynoy
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : Chest Romansov, op. 4 :: Ne poy, krasvitsa, pri mne
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Rachmaninov, Sergey : The Little Island, song for voice & piano, Op. 14/2
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Koechlin, Charles : Cinq mélodies, op. 5 :: Si tu le veux
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Koechlin, Charles : Cinq mélodies, op. 5 :: Menuet
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Koechlin, Charles : Sept rondels, op. 8 :: La pêche
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1895

>Koechlin, Charles : Sept rondels, op. 8 :: L'hiver
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1895

>Koechlin, Charles : Sept rondels, op. 8 :: La lune
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891-1895

>Chausson, Ernest : Chanson perpétuelle, for soprano & orchestra (or piano quintet), Op. 37
  • Performer: Roger Vignoles (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Quatuor Psophos
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898