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Gounod: Songs / Lott, Murray, Rolfe-Johnson, Johnson

Album Summary

>Gounod, Charles : Où voulez-vous aller?
>Gounod, Charles : Le soir
>Gounod, Charles : Venise, song for voice & piano (Six Songs no 6)
>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
>Gounod, Charles : Sérénade
>Gounod, Charles : Chanson du printemps, for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Au rossignol
>Gounod, Charles : Ce que je suis sans toi, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Envoi de fleurs, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : La paquerette, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Bolero, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Mignon, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Reverie, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Ma belle amie est morte, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Loin du pays, song for voice & piano (or for chorus)
>Gounod, Charles : Peacefully Slumber (Clos ta paupiere), song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Priere, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : L'absent
>Gounod, Charles : Le temps des roses, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Biondina, song cycle for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : The Worker, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Gounod, Charles : A Lay of the Early Spring, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : My true love hath my heart, for chorus & piano (or voice & piano; New Part Songs, first series, no
>Gounod, Charles : Oh happy home!, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
>Gounod, Charles : The fountain mingles with the river, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Maid of Athens, song for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Beware
>Gounod, Charles : The Arrow and the Song, for voice & piano
>Gounod, Charles : Ilala
>Gounod, Charles : If thou art sleeping, song for voice & piano
Performers Composer

Notes & Reviews:

'Exemplary ... enchanting ... ravishingly sung' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Superb ... perfection ... Best of the year' (The Sunday Times)

'C'est remarquable. Un coffret qui devient un événement' (Compact, France)

'Uniformement exquis' (Répertoire, France)

'Un stupendo doble compacto' (CD Compact, Spain)

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
This well-filled two-CD set is surely the most wide-ranging single issue of Gounod's mélodies. The first of the discs confirms the commonly held view of Gounod. Almost without exception the songs are pleasing and sentimental, a sweetly scented posy of hymns to flowers, of rêveries and serenades. The selection includes two settings of poems that Berlioz had used in Les nuits d'été, plumbing the depths of the poetry, where Gounod is content to skim across the surface. In chronological order, the songs show how little Gounod's music deepened, but also how evergreen was his inspiration in melody and harmony.

To turn to the second disc is to have all your prejudices overturned. This comprises non- French settings, for which Gounod dons first Italian garb for the song cycle Biondina, and then English for a group of ten songs written during his stay in London in the 1870s. The Italian cycle is a delight. It would be impossible to guess the composer, as Gounod exchanges his customary flowing themes and rippling arpeggios for an ardent, Tosti-like vocal line over dry staccato chords.

Anthony Rolfe Johnson catches its mix of sunny lyricism and Gallic sensitivity to perfection. All three singers are on their best form, Rolfe Johnson bringing an air of intimate seductiveness to Byron's Maid of Athens.



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>Gounod, Charles : Où voulez-vous aller?
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Christmas

>Gounod, Charles : Le soir
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 5 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1840-1842

>Gounod, Charles : Venise, song for voice & piano (Six Songs no 6)
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1842

>Gounod, Charles : Ave Maria
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1852

>Gounod, Charles : Sérénade
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Chanson du printemps, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 55 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Au rossignol
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 7 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Ce que je suis sans toi, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Envoi de fleurs, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : La pâquerette, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Boléro, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Mignon, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Rêverie, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Ma belle amie est morte, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Loin du pays, song for voice & piano (or for chorus)
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Peacefully Slumber (Clos ta paupière), song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Prière, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : L'absent
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1876

>Gounod, Charles : Le temps des roses, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 3 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Biondina, song cycle for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1993/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : The Worker, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1993/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : A Lay of the Early Spring, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1993/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : My true love hath my heart, for chorus & piano (or voice & piano; New Part Songs, first series, no
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Oh happy home!, song for voice & piano (or orchestra)
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1992/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : The fountain mingles with the river, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Maid of Athens, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1993/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 4 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Beware :: I know a maiden, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Felicity Lott
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 57 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : The Arrow and the Song, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Ann Murray (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Notes: 05/03/1993-05/05/1993
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : Ilala :: stances à la mémoire de Livingston, song for voice & piano or orchestra
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1993/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 5 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Gounod, Charles : If thou art sleeping, song for voice & piano
  • Performers: Graham Johnson (Piano); Anthony Rolfe Johnson
  • Notes: 07/06/1993/07/07/1993
  • Running Time: 1 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic