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Néère - French songs by Henri Duparc, Reynaldo Hahn, Ernest Chausson / Véronique Gens, soprano; Susan Manoff, piano

Album Summary

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines, Extraits
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Trois jours de vendange, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
>Duparc, Henri : Chanson triste
>Duparc, Henri : Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
>Duparc, Henri : Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Chausson, Ernest : Mélodies (7), for voice & piano, Op. 2
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Quand je fus pris au pavillon, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le rossignol des lilas, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
>Chausson, Ernest : Poèmes (2) de Verlaine
>Chausson, Ernest : L'Amour et de la Mer, Op. 19
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines
>Duparc, Henri : Au pays où se fait la guerre, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le printemps, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
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Notes & Reviews:

The lieder of France, the French me´lodie enjoyed its golden age in the last three decades of the 19th century. Influenced by the German lied, the texts of noted French poets illuminated the scores that foretell the passing of the era of Romanticism. The noted soprano, Veronique Gens adds to her illustrious and acclaimed discography with her second release of me´lodies accompanied by the noted recitalist Susan Manoff in a collection featuring works by Henri Duparc, Ernest Chausson, and Reynaldo Hahn with gorgeous performances that impart the range of finely wrought songs of melancholy, great charm and plaints that characterizes this era.

American Record Guide, March/April 2016
These performances exquisitely express the nostalgia, the somberness, the introspective quality of the songs; they are discreet without missing the intense emotional thrust of the songs. Gens has an intoxicatingly lovely voice that is perfectly suited to this music. The darker tones of her luxuriously creamy voice get put to wonderful use here and reveal the richness and depth of her singing.

I heard Manoff in a Boston recital with Sandrine Piau and realized then what a superb accompanist she is. Her excellence irradiates the program. Together their pacing and unity of approach is magical. These performances capture the expressive nuances of the music marvelously. It will be hard to find a recording that does these songs more exquisitely than here.

The booklet deserves praise. Many CDs come with notes in minuscule print. The notes describing the music are concise and cogent. Best of all, the texts are printed side-by-side over two pages in French, English, and German. In every way this is a triumph. If you have not yet been won over to French melodies, this will do it.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015).



Reviews

Gorgeous vocal work from Veronique Gens, w/ stunning accompaniment from Susan Manoff…
This CD consists of vocal works of Reynaldo Hahn, Henri Duparc, and Ernest Chausson, performed by soprano Veronique Gens, accompanied on piano by Susan Manoff. As explained in the liner notes, both Duparc and Chausson were students of Cesar Franck, and Chausson and Hahn were students of Massenet. It is then easy to understand the expectation that glorious French melodies will be the forthcoming and challenging material presented by Ms. Gens and Ms. Manoff. And my goodness, do they deliver.

I have long been a lover of the sweetness of Ms. Gens voice, and once again she does not disappoint giving this listener beautiful articulation, loving emotional qualities, and just the right amount of ethereal singing where it makes sense to do so. Her performance is sensitive and captivating, and I was hooked here from the first notes of Neere (track 1). Ms. Manoff proves to be a wonderful and thoughtful accompanist, forming a cohesive musical whole with Ms. Gens breathtaking soprano – her playing is sensitive and her touch both spritely, light, firm, and warming, as appropriate for the work of each composer as interpreted by Ms. Gens. They make a wonderful team, and it is a real treat to listen to them make music together.

Particularly captivating are Hahn’s “Neere” (track 1), “Le Rossignol Des Lilas” (track 14), Chausson’s “Le Temps Des Lilas” (track 17), and Duparc’s “L’invitation Au Voyage” (track 21). This is not to say that the other tracks are lesser in some way – the recording quality and performances are top-notch throughout – these are just the specific pieces that made me stop whatever I was doing and just listen to the glorious sound coming out of my speakers.

While I am not normally one to keep playing a disc over and over and over again, I found myself doing that with this recording. I always felt (and still do) that there was something that I was missing that I needed to hear again to truly capture every nuance. And I keep listening to it. This is an amazing recording. Very highly recommended!

Submitted on 04/04/16 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines, Extraits :: Néère
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Trois jours de vendange, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1891

>Duparc, Henri : Chanson triste
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1868

>Duparc, Henri : Romance de Mignon ("Le connais-tu, ce radieux pays"), song for voice & piano, Op. 2/3
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1869

>Duparc, Henri : Phidylé ("L'herbe est molle au sommeil"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1882

>Chausson, Ernest : Mélodies (7), for voice & piano, Op. 2
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1879-1882

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Quand je fus pris au pavillon, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le rossignol des lilas, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1913

>Chausson, Ernest : Poèmes (2) de Verlaine :: La chanson Bien Douce
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1898

>Chausson, Ernest : L'Amour et de la Mer, Op. 19 :: Le Temps des Lilas
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1882-1893

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines :: Lyde
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines :: Tyndaris
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Duparc, Henri : Au pays où se fait la guerre, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: ?1869-70

>Duparc, Henri : L'invitation au voyage
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1870

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines :: Pholoe
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Études Latines :: Phyllis
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1899-1900

>Hahn, Reynaldo [Composer] : Le printemps, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II" and "Rondels")
  • Performers: Véronique Gens (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Notes: Studio Teldex, Berlin, Germany (03/10/2015-03/13/2015)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic