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L'Heure Exquise: A French Songbook - songs by Poulenc, Hahn, Fauré, Gounod, Chausson, Berlioz, Chabrier, Saint-Saens, Bachelet, Debussy et al. / Alice Coote, mz; Graham Johnson, piano

Album Summary

>Poulenc, Francis : Léocadia, FP 106
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Chansons grises
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Douze Rondels
>Fauré, Gabriel : Le secret, Op. 23 no 3
>Gounod, Charles : Sérénade, for voice & piano with harmonium or cello ad lib. ("Chantez, riez, dormez")
>Gounod, Charles : Au printemps, song for voice & piano
>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Mélodies (6), for voice and piano
>Chausson, Ernest : Le Temps de Lilas, for voice & piano (included in "Poème de l'amour et de la mer")
>Fauré, Gabriel : Fleur Jetée, song for voice & piano in F minor, Op. 39/2
>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Aimons-nous
>Bachelet, Alfred : Chère Nuit, aria for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Soirée en mer, song for voice & piano
>Debussy, Claude : Trois chansons de France, L 115
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Les feuilles blessées
>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : La chère blessure, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Koechlin, Charles : Quatre mélodies, Op. 22
>Poulenc, Francis : Banalités, FP 107
>Poulenc, Francis : La grenouillère ("Au bord de l'île on voit"), song for voice & piano, FP 96
>Poulenc, Francis : Calligrammes, FP 140
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Notes & Reviews:

Alice Coote is the darling of the world's opera stages and recital halls. Her solo recordings are rare events. In this much-anticipated French songbook, Graham Johnson lends his incomparable insight to this most remarkable of talents on an emotional roller coaster through twenty-three songs of Gallic love in all its guises.

Financial Times, 9th May 2015
The beauty of Alice Coote's mezzo-soprano glows with radiance.

Sunday Times, 10th May 2015
Coote is in sumptuous voice, Johnson in his element.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012).



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>Poulenc, Francis : Léocadia, FP 106 :: Les chemins de l'amour
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1940

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Chansons grises :: L'heure
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1887-1890

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Douze Rondels :: Les étoiles
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898-1899

>Fauré, Gabriel : Le secret, Op. 23 no 3
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 07/06/1881

>Gounod, Charles : Sérénade, for voice & piano with harmonium or cello ad lib. ("Chantez, riez, dormez")
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Au printemps, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Mélodies (6), for voice and piano :: Toutes les fleurs
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Chausson, Ernest : Le Temps de Lilas, for voice & piano (included in "Poème de l'amour et de la mer")
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Fauré, Gabriel : Fleur Jetée, song for voice & piano in F minor, Op. 39/2
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 05/25/1884

>Berlioz, Hector : Les nuits d'été, Op. 7, song cycle :: Le spectre de la rose
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 09/1841

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Aimons-nous
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Chabrier, Emmanuel : Mélodies (6), for voice and piano :: L'île heureuse
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1890

>Bachelet, Alfred : Chère Nuit, aria for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1897

>Saint-Saëns, Camille : Soirée en mer, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1862

>Debussy, Claude : Trois chansons de France, L 115 :: La grotte
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1904

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Les feuilles blessées :: Fumée
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1906

>Satie, Erik : Je te veux (I Want You), café-concert song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1897

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : La chère blessure, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Koechlin, Charles : Quatre mélodies, Op. 22 :: Novembre
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901

>Poulenc, Francis : Banalités, FP 107 :: Voyage à Paris
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940

>Poulenc, Francis : Banalités, FP 107 :: Hôtel
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1940

>Poulenc, Francis : La grenouillère ("Au bord de l'île on voit"), song for voice & piano, FP 96
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1938

>Poulenc, Francis : Calligrammes, FP 140 :: Voyage
  • Performers: Alice Coote (Mezzo Soprano); Graham Johnson (Piano)
  • Notes: All Saints' Church, East Finchley, London (10/18/2012-10/20/2012)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948