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Boulanger: Faust et Hélène, etc / Tortelier, Dawson, et al

> Psalm 24, "La terre appartient a l'Eternel" - Psalm 24, "La terre appartient a l'Eternel"
> Faust et Helene - Faust et Helene
> D'un soir triste - D'un soir triste
> D'un matin de printemps - D'un matin de printemps
> Psalm 130, "Du fond de l'abime" - Psalm 130, "Du fond de l'abime"

Album Summary

>Boulanger, Lili : Psalm 24 for chorus, orchestra & organ
>Boulanger, Lili : Faust et Helene, cantata
>Boulanger, Lili : D'un soir triste, for string trio (or cello) & piano (or orchestra)
>Boulanger, Lili : D'un matin de printemps, for violin (or flute) & piano (or orchestra)
>Boulanger, Lili : Psalm 130
Performers Conductor Ensembles Composer

Notes & Reviews:

"...[Lili Boulanger's] completed works display a precocious maturity providing a tantalising clue as to what might have been. Boulanger's psalm settings, two of which are included on this excellent disc, are her greatest achievement. In particular, the intense and expansive treatment of Psalm 130, sung here with tremendous passion by the City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus, is an undoubted masterpiece which places harmonic premonitions of Honegger and Messiaen..." ***** -BBC Music

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This disc largely duplicates Mark Stringer's programme on the Timpani label mentioned above (inevitably, since in her mere 24 years of life Lili's output was limited). The performances here are first class, and splendidly recorded too. The eloquent sombreness of D'un soir triste tugs at the heart, D'un matin du printemps is deliciously airy and optimistic, Psalm 24 is given tremendous attack by orchestra and chorus and the powerful Psalm 130 is presented as the masterly, heartfelt work it is. The major work here, though, is the 30-minute cantata Faust et Hélène in its first recording. No wonder that it won the 1913 Premier Prix de Rome: the jury must have been thunderstruck by the maturity of this entry from a 19-year-old. It blends lyricism of striking beauty, rapturous fervour, emotional anguish and tense drama with, for a young composer, an astonishing sureness of touch in overall structure, freshness of invention, technical brilliance and imaginative scoring. It seems to have inspired the present performers, among whom it's almost invidious to praise Bonaventura Bottone.



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Works Details

>Boulanger, Lili : Psalm 24 for chorus, orchestra & organ
  • Performer: Neil MacKenzie (Tenor)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1916

>Boulanger, Lili : Faust et Hélène, cantata
  • Performers: Jason Howard (Baritone); Lynne Dawson; Bonaventura Bottone (Voice)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 30 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913

>Boulanger, Lili : D'un soir triste, for string trio (or cello) & piano (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 10 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Boulanger, Lili : D'un matin de printemps, for violin (or flute) & piano (or orchestra)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Chorus
  • Running Time: 4 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1918

>Boulanger, Lili : Psalm 130 :: Du fond de l'abime, for contralto, tenor, chorus, organ & orchestra
  • Performers: Neil MacKenzie (Tenor); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Conductor: Yan Tortelier
  • Ensemble: BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
  • Running Time: 24 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern