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Ravel: "Kaddish" - Mélodies / Didier Henry, baritone; Angéline Pondepeyre, piano

Audio Samples

  1. Ravel — 2 Mélodies hébraïques, M.A 22: No. 1, Kaddisch $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Ravel — 5 Mélodies populaires grecques: No. 1, Chanson de la mariée, M.A 9 $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Ravel — 5 Mélodies populaires grecques: No. 4, Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques, M.A 5 $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Ravel — 5 Mélodies populaires grecques: No. 5, Tout gai!, M.A 11 $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Ravel — 3 Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, M. 64: No. 1, Soupir $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Ravel — 3 Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, M. 64: No. 2, Placet futile $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Ravel — 3 Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, M. 64: No. 3, Surgi de la croupe et du bond $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: No. 1, Le paon $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: No. 2, Le grillon $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: No. 3, Le cygne $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: No. 4, Le martin-pêcheur $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Ravel — Histoires naturelles, M. 50: No. 5, Le pintade $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Ravel — Chansons madécasses, M. 78: No. 1, Nahandove $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Ravel — Chansons madécasses, M. 78: No. 2, Aoua! $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Ravel — Chansons madécasses, M. 78: No. 3, Il est doux $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, M. 84 (Version for Voice & Piano): No. 1, Chanson romanesque $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, M. 84 (Version for Voice & Piano): No. 2, Chanson épique $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Ravel — Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, M. 84 (Version for Voice & Piano): No. 3, Chanson à boire $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Ravel, Maurice : Deux mélodies hébraïques, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Ravel, Maurice : Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, song cycle for voice & ensemble (or piano)
>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, song cycle for voice & orchestra (or piano)
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Baritone Didier Henry is one of the great interpreters of French melody. For almost forty years, he has interpreted the great works of the repertoire, while also striving to make known many of the composers who've remained in the shadows. His wide operatic repertoire ranges from Gluck to Tchaikovsky to Debussy, from Mozart to Puccini to Massenet, and is equally at home and passionate singing mélodie. Heard here with his accompanist Angéline Pondepeyre, Mr. Henry offers up twenty-one of the most distinctive and alluring French songs of the 20th c. by Maurice Ravel, for Maguelone Records.

American Record Guide, September/October 2015

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
If you don't want to go that far, you cannot go wrong with Maguelone's offering. Here at least you get texts. Recorded 1987-2000, Henry's voice is just right for this music as it was in earlier programs of Berlioz (M/A 2014) and Hahn (N/D 2013). This program begins with a strong performance of Deux Melodies Hebraiques as he rails in the face of the "eternal enigma" of existence. Henry presents a full panoply of moods in Cinq Melodies Populaires Grecques, beginning with delicious swagger followed by tender remembrances, a pompous love song, and a carefree expression of merriment.

In Trois Poemes de MallarmT he draws out every measure of lushness. He uses it skillfully in service to the text - as he does with Histoires Naturelles and Don Quichotte a Dulcinee, where his ppp release at end of 'Chanson Epique' is exquisite. He sings with a smooth legato and a wonderful variety of dynamics in expressing the mood of each song, as in Chansons Madecasses - one an ardently erotic love song, one a cry of outrage at colonialism, and one a tender lyrical idyll of ecstatic abandon. His use of vocal coloring and textual articulation are laudable, whether the music calls for lightness and delicacy ('Nahandove') or heft and power ('L'Enigme Eternelle'). Maguelone's sound is clear and warm and less resonant than Brilliant's. Two other releases offer most of the same songs. Finley and Drake (S/O 2009) and Cantor and Rives (J/A 2015) are both very good, but if I had to pick one CD as a representative sampling of Ravel's songs, this is the one I would choose.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: 1987-2000.



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Works Details

>Ravel, Maurice : Deux mélodies hébraïques, for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Didier Henry (Baritone); Angeline Pondepeyre (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1914.
  • Running Time: 7 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1914

>Ravel, Maurice : Cinq mélodies populaires grecques, song cycle for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Didier Henry (Baritone); Angeline Pondepeyre (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1904-1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Trois poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé, song cycle for voice & ensemble (or piano)
  • Performers: Didier Henry (Baritone); Angeline Pondepeyre (Piano)
  • Running Time: 13 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1913

>Ravel, Maurice : Histoires naturelles
  • Performers: Didier Henry (Baritone); Angeline Pondepeyre (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1906

>Ravel, Maurice : Chansons madécasses, song cycle for soprano, flute, cello & piano
  • Performers: Didier Henry (Baritone); Angeline Pondepeyre (Piano)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1925-26.
  • Running Time: 14 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1925-1926

>Ravel, Maurice : Don Quichotte à Dulcinée, song cycle for voice & orchestra (or piano)
  • Performers: Didier Henry (Baritone); Angeline Pondepeyre (Piano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1932-1933