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Ravel: Complete Mélodies / Monica Piccinini, soprano; Elisabetta Lombardi, Sophie Marilley, mzz.; Christian Immler, baritone; Filippo Farinelli, piano; ECU Ensemble; Momi et al.

Audio Samples

  1. Ravel — Un grand sommeil noir in C-Sharp Minor, M. 6 $0.69 on iTunes
  2. Ravel — Sainte in G Minor, M. 9 $0.69 on iTunes
  3. Ravel — Chanson du rouet in E Major, M. 15 $0.69 on iTunes
  4. Ravel — Si morne! in F-Sharp Minor, M. 16 $0.69 on iTunes
  5. Ravel — Manteau de fleurs, M. 39: Modéré in D-Sharp Minor $0.69 on iTunes
  6. Ravel — Shéhérazade, M. 41/1: I. Asie
  7. Ravel — Shéhérazade, M. 41/2: II. La flûte enchantée $0.69 on iTunes
  8. Ravel — Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 9: I. Chanson de la mariée. Modéré in G Minor $0.69 on iTunes
  9. Ravel — Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 5: IV. Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques. Lento in A Major $0.69 on iTunes
  10. Ravel — Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, M.A 11: V. Tout gai!. Allegro in B-Flat Major $0.69 on iTunes
  11. Ravel — Noël des jouets in E Minor-E Major, M. 47: Pas vite $0.69 on iTunes
  12. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: I. Le paon. Sans hâte et noblemen in F Major $0.69 on iTunes
  13. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: Le grillon. Placide in A Minor $0.69 on iTunes
  14. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: Le cygne. Lent in B Major $0.69 on iTunes
  15. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: Le martin-pêcheur. On ne peut plus lent in F-Sharp Major $0.69 on iTunes
  16. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: La pintade. Assez vite in E Major $0.69 on iTunes
  17. Ravel — Vocalise-Étude en forme de habanera, M. 51: I. Presque lent et avec indolence in G Minor $0.69 on iTunes
  18. Ravel — Chants populaires, M.A 17/1: I. Chanson espagnole. Andantino in B-Flat Major $0.69 on iTunes
  19. Ravel — Chants populaires, M.A 17/2: II. Chanson française. Allegretto in C Major $0.69 on iTunes
  20. Ravel — Chants populaires, M.A 17/3: III. Chanson italienne. Largamente, quasi piacere, portando le note in E-Flat Major $0.69 on iTunes
  21. Ravel — Chants populaires, M.A 17/4: IV. Chanson hébraïque. Allegro moderato $0.69 on iTunes
  22. Ravel — Chants populaires, M.A 17/5: V. Chanson ecossaise $0.69 on iTunes
  23. Ravel — Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, M. 64/1: I. Soupir. Lent in G Major $0.69 on iTunes
  24. Ravel — Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, M. 64/2: II. Placet futile. Très modéré in F Major $0.69 on iTunes
  25. Ravel — Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, M. 64/3: III. Surgi de la croupe et du bond. Lent in C Major $0.69 on iTunes
  26. Ravel — Deux Mélodies hébraïques, M.A 22/1: Kaddisch. Lent in C Major $0.69 on iTunes
  27. Ravel — Trois Chansons, M. 69: I. Nicolette. Allegro moderato in A Minor $0.69 on iTunes
  28. Ravel — Trois Chansons, M. 69: II.trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis. Moderato in F Minor $0.69 on iTunes
  29. Ravel — Trois Chansons, M. 69: III. Ronde. Allegro in A Major $0.69 on iTunes
  30. Ravel — Ronsard à son âme, M. 75 $0.69 on iTunes
  31. Ravel — Chansons madécasses, M. 78: I. Nahandove. Andante quasi allegretto $0.69 on iTunes
  32. Ravel — Chansons madécasses, M. 78: II. Aoua. Andante $0.69 on iTunes
  33. Ravel — Chansons madécasses, M. 78: I. Il est doux. Lento $0.69 on iTunes
  34. Ravel — Rêves, M. 79 $0.69 on iTunes
  35. Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, M. 85: I. Chanson Romanesque. Moderato in B-Flat Minor, B-Flat Major $0.69 on iTunes
  36. Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, M. 85: II. Chanson épique. Molto moderato in F Major $0.69 on iTunes
  37. Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, M. 85: III. Chanson à boire. Allegro in C Major $0.69 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
>Ravel, Maurice : Un grand sommeil noir
>Ravel, Maurice : Sainte, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Chanson du rouet, song for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Si morne!, song for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Epigrammes de Clément Marot, songs (2) for voice & harpsichord (or piano)
>Ravel, Maurice : Manteau de fleurs, song or voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Noël des jouets
>Ravel, Maurice : Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer
>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
>Ravel, Maurice : Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Sur l'herbe
>Ravel, Maurice : Tripatos, for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Chants populaires
>Ravel, Maurice : Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, song cycle for voice & ensemble (or piano)
>Ravel, Maurice : Deux mélodies hébraïques, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Trois chansons, for chorus (or voice & piano)
>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Rêves, song for voice & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, song cycle for voice & orchestra (or piano)
Performers Conductors Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

French composer Maurice Ravel may be well known for his instrumental music, in particular the orchestral work Boléro, but it is his vocal compositions that fully encapsulate the shimmering colours of early-20th century music. Spanning an important period of Ravel's career, from 1893 up to 1932, this release is an integral recording of Ravel's songs, with both piano accompaniment and Ravel's original scoring for ensemble. Many of the works reveal Ravel's affinity with other cultures and his penchant for the exotic; from the Chansons madécasses, or 'Madagascan songs', to the Spanish-themed Habanera (a tribute to his part-Basque heritage) and the Cinq Mélodies populaires grecques, Ravel used the freedom of rarely-explored cultures to throw off his usual restraint and employ new, exciting harmonies and musical innovations. His use of dissonances comes to the fore in this last work, particularly on the second and seventh notes. At other points, he experimented with bitonality, as in the Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, clearly influenced by Stravinsky and Schoenberg, which reveal a new penchant for challenging conventional harmony. His careful scoring, however - Ravel saw the orchestration of his music as a task equally as demanding as composition - allows the delicacy of the music to shine through. This album contains all of Ravel's vocal music, featuring four renowned singers supported by the Ensemble Contemporaneo dell'Umbria. Soprano Monica Piccinini, a major operatic performer who is debuting at La Scala later in 2015, is joined by mezzosopranos Elisabetta Lombardi and Sophie Marilley, both of whom have performed in opera houses across Europe, and German baritone Christian Immler, whose previous CD releases have been awarded the prestigious Diapason d'Or and Diapason Découverte. An important and prestigious new recording: the complete songs (mélodies) by Ravel!

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
Piccinini's lighter voice fits well with 'Ballade de la Reine Morte d'Aimer' (on the King of Thule theme) and 'Sainte' (about St Cecilia). Immler is very effective at creating an appropriately eerie mood in Verlaine's sepulchral 'Un Grand Sommeil Noir'. Lombardi conveys the contrasting moods of a spinner at the wheel in 'Chanson de Rouet', and Marilley creates the right gloomy mood in 'Si Morne'. The songs are mostly well assigned to the singers. All take turns in the five Chants Populaires. Lombardi sings in Spanish, Piccinini in French, Immler in Italian and Hebrew, and Marilley gets the challenge of singing in Scots dialect ('Ye banks and Braes o' Bonnie Doon' of Robert Burns).

Piccinini rhapsodizes effectively on the beauty of a flower garden in 'Manteau de Fleurs' and brings an apt lightness and agility to the insouciant 'Tripatos'. She is splendid in Trois Chansons; I had known them only in their original version for unaccompanied chorus. Ravel's arrangement for voice and piano is like a brief fast-slow-fast vocal concerto. Her singing of Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques with its variety of moods is rich in nuance. Immler has a wonderful voice that fits well with Deux Melodies Hebraiques and his robust singing of the three Don Quichotte a Dulcinee songs is excellent.

Best of all is Marilley, who excels in Deux Epigrammes de Clement Marot, Trois Poemes de MallarmT in its original 1913 version with instrumental accompaniment, and Sheherazade in the 1903 version for voice and piano that includes a flute in 'La Flute Enchantee'. These pieces alone are worth the price of the set, especially the sumptuous MallarmT songs.

Everything here is worth hearing and I am very happy to have this complete set of songs, since some are new to me.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2013-03-01_2013-03-03&2014-).



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Ballade de la reine morte d'aimer
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Momi
  • Ensemble: ECU Ensemble
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1893

>Ravel, Maurice : Un grand sommeil noir
  • Performer: Christian Immler (Bass)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1895

>Ravel, Maurice : Sainte, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1896

>Ravel, Maurice : Chanson du rouet, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Elisabetta Lombardi
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1898

>Ravel, Maurice : Si morne!, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1898

>Ravel, Maurice : Epigrammes de Clément Marot, songs (2) for voice & harpsichord (or piano)
  • Performer: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1899

>Ravel, Maurice : Manteau de fleurs, song or voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Ravel, Maurice : Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)
  • Performers: Filippo Farinelli (Piano); Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1903

>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Noël des jouets
  • Performer: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1905

>Ravel, Maurice : Les grands vents venus d'outre-mer
  • Performer: Christian Immler (Bass)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
  • Performer: Elisabetta Lombardi
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 17 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Vocalise-Étude en forme de Habanera, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Elisabetta Lombardi
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ravel, Maurice : Sur l'herbe
  • Performer: Christian Immler (Bass)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1907

>Ravel, Maurice : Tripatos, for voice & piano
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1909

>Ravel, Maurice : Chants populaires
  • Performer: Elisabetta Lombardi
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013); Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1910

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, song cycle for voice & ensemble (or piano)
  • Performer: Sophie Marilley (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Marco Momi
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contemporaneo dell'Umbria
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Deux mélodies hébraïques, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performer: Christian Immler (Bass)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois chansons, for chorus (or voice & piano)
  • Performers: Filippo Farinelli (Piano); Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 6 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1914-1915

>Ravel, Maurice : Ronsard à son âme
  • Performer: Christian Immler (Bass)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1923-1924

>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
  • Performers: Claudia Giottoli (Flute); Elisabetta Lombardi; Giacomo Menna (Cello)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Ravel, Maurice : Rêves, song for voice & piano
  • Performer: Monica Piccinini (Soprano)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (03/01/2013-03/03/2013)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1927

>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, song cycle for voice & orchestra (or piano)
  • Performer: Christian Immler (Bass)
  • Notes: Auditorium Federico Cesi, Acquasparta, Italy (2014-03-10_2014-03-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932-1933