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Light Classics / Songs from Arlen, Bernstein, Gershwin, et al.

Audio Samples

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Berlin, Irving : Top Hat
>Legrand, Michel : La chanson des adieux, song (from "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg")
>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>     It ain't necessarily so
>     Bess, you is my woman now
>Webber, Andrew L : Memory, song (from "Cats")
>Legrand, Michel : Chanson de Maxence, song (from "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort")
>Mancini, Henry : Crazy world
>Brown, Nacio Herb : Good Morning (used in the film Babes in Arms)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Schönberg, Claude-Michel : I Dreamed a Dream, song (for the musical Les Misérables)
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
>Berger, Michel : Monopolis, song (from "Starmania")
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Berger, Michel : Stone, song (from "Starmania")
>Aznavour, Charles : La Bohème, song

Album Summary

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
>Berlin, Irving : Top Hat
>Legrand, Michel : La chanson des adieux, song (from "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg")
>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady
>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess
>Webber, Andrew L : Memory, song (from "Cats")
>Legrand, Michel : Chanson de Maxence, song (from "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort")
>Mancini, Henry : Crazy world
>Brown, Nacio Herb : Good Morning (used in the film Babes in Arms)
>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
>Schönberg, Claude-Michel : I Dreamed a Dream, song (for the musical Les Misérables)
>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
>Berger, Michel : Monopolis, song (from "Starmania")
>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
>Berger, Michel : Stone, song (from "Starmania")
>Aznavour, Charles : La Bohème, song
Performers Ensemble Composers

Notes & Reviews:

With the same enthusiasm put into the disc Café 1930, the Ensemble Contraste now makes its way into the exciting universe of the musical. Unforgettable melodies, devilish rhythms, poignant tension, and improvisation, all combine in the imaginative arrangements of John Farjot. They manage to create an intimate version of this music, mixing energy, sensitivity and emotion.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studios Davout, Paris (2010-04-22&2010-04-24&2010-).



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Works Details

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performers: Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Berlin, Irving : Top Hat
  • Performers: Emily Loizeau (Voice); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1935

>Legrand, Michel : La chanson des adieux, song (from "Les Parapluies de Cherbourg")
  • Performers: Sébastien Droy (Tenor); Ensemble Contraste; Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Loewe, Frederick : My Fair Lady
  • Performers: Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Notes: Composition written: United States of America.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: It ain't necessarily so
  • Performers: Rosemary Standley (Voice); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Webber, Andrew L : Memory, song (from "Cats")
  • Performers: Ensemble Contraste; Sandrine Piau (Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1981

>Legrand, Michel : Chanson de Maxence, song (from "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort")
  • Performers: Ensemble Contraste; Albin Simone (Voice); Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Arlen, Harold : Somewhere Over the Rainbow (for the film The Wizard of Oz)
  • Performers: Raphaël Imbert (Saxophone); Johan Farjot (Piano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Mancini, Henry : Crazy world
  • Performers: Isabelle Georges (Voice); Raphaël Imbert (Saxophone); Johan Farjot (Piano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Brown, Nacio Herb : Good Morning (used in the film Babes in Arms)
  • Performers: Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Magali Léger (Soprano); Alain Buet (Bass); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1939

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 4 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1957

>Schönberg, Claude-Michel : I Dreamed a Dream, song (for the musical Les Misérables)
  • Performers: Karol Beffa (Piano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Bernstein, Leonard : West Side Story
  • Performers: Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Ensemble Contraste; Johan Farjot (Piano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Rodgers, Richard : The Sound of Music
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Ensemble Contraste; Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 2 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Gershwin, George : Porgy and Bess :: Bess, you is my woman now
  • Performers: Magali Léger (Soprano); Ensemble Contraste; Alain Buet (Bass)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 5 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Opera/Operetta
  • Written: 1935

>Berger, Michel : Monopolis, song (from "Starmania")
  • Performers: Ensemble Contraste; Sebastien Gueze (Tenor); Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Gershwin, George : Girl Crazy
  • Performers: Ensemble Contraste; Raphaël Imbert (Saxophone)
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 2 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1930

>Berger, Michel : Stone, song (from "Starmania")
  • Performers: Karine Deshayes (Mezzo Soprano); Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 4 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Aznavour, Charles : La Bohème, song
  • Performer: Ensemble Contraste
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Contraste
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal