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Voix Supreme - French Romantic art songs: Mélodies of Jules Massenet / Shudong Braamse, soprano; Charles Hulin, piano

Album Summary

>Massenet, Jules : Élégie
>Massenet, Jules : Sonnet païen
>Massenet, Jules : Chanson andalouse
>Massenet, Jules : Elle s'en est allée
>Massenet, Jules : Chanson pour bercer la misère humaine
>Massenet, Jules : Musette
>Massenet, Jules : Septembre
>Massenet, Jules : L'âme des oiseaux
>Massenet, Jules : Première danse
>Massenet, Jules : Les yeux clos, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
>Massenet, Jules : Tout passe, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
>Massenet, Jules : Les extases
>Massenet, Jules : Ma petite mère a pleuré, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.8")
>Massenet, Jules : Voix suprême
>Massenet, Jules : Si vous vouliez bien me le dire, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
>Massenet, Jules : L'heureuse souffrance
>Massenet, Jules : Stances de Gilbert
>Massenet, Jules : Le sentier perdu
>Massenet, Jules : Rêverie sentimentale
>Massenet, Jules : Chanson désespérée, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
>Massenet, Jules : L'amour pleure, romance de jadis
>Massenet, Jules : Sévilliana
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Soprano Shudong Braamse presents a selection of Romantic French art songs, illustrating Massenet's arresting motives, graceful vocal lines, and well-placed accompaniments. Exhibiting Massenet's meticulous style, Braamse creates tender and dynamic imagery, intertwining punctuated piano lines with her sensitive voice, which suggests the colors of a clarinet, while turbulent textures denote climactic moments of emotion. Massenet enriches motives and themes with the incorporation of religious scenes and the evocations of remote locales in works such as the austere Le Petit Jesus and exotic Chanson andalouse. In a critique of the evolution of Massenet's operas, Debussy wrote that "[the composer] surely would have been wiser to go on expressing his genius in delicate colors and whispering melodies and in light airy structures." These melodies provide a glimpse of the supple creativity that Debussy so valued, and the effortless confidence, control, and delicacy Braamse offers Massenet's captivating songs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014).



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Works Details

>Massenet, Jules : Élégie :: O doux printemps d'autrefois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1866

>Massenet, Jules : Sonnet païen :: Rosa, Rosa, i'air est plus doux, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Chanson andalouse :: Pourquoi chanter l'amoureuse ivresse?, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.4")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Elle s'en est allée :: Là-bas, sous d'autres cieux, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.4")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Chanson pour bercer la misère humaine :: Le petit Jésus, en habits de niege, for voice & piano (from "
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Musette :: L'autre jour, sous l'ombrage, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.3")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Septembre :: Que les premiers jours de , for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.3")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : L'âme des oiseaux :: Le printemps a jeté sa lyre, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.4")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Première danse :: Des bons vieux airs connus, for voice & piano (or orchestra) (from "Mélodies, Vol
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 24 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Les yeux clos, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905

>Massenet, Jules : Tout passe, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Les extases :: Des chants, des fleurs et du soleil, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.8")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Ma petite mère a pleuré, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.8")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Voix suprême :: Murmure de vent qui monte, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.8")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1912

>Massenet, Jules : Si vous vouliez bien me le dire, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : L'heureuse souffrance :: Coeur, va vite, pauvre coeur, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.6")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Stances de Gilbert :: Au banquet de la vie, infortuné, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.1"
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1872

>Massenet, Jules : Le sentier perdu :: J'ai voulu le revoir ce sentier sous les bois, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies,
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Rêverie sentimentale :: Si tu m'aimes, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Chanson désespérée, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.7")
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : L'amour pleure, romance de jadis :: La pauvre Amout est tout en larmes, for voice & piano (from "Mélod
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Massenet, Jules : Sévilliana :: A Séville, belles Señoras, for voice & piano (from "Mélodies, Vol.4
  • Performers: Shudong Braamse; Charles Hulin (Piano)
  • Notes: The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (01/18/2014/01/19/2014); The Springs Theatre in Tampa FL (06/02/2014)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic