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Apres Un Reve / Soprano Sandrine Piau

> 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141 - 8 Gedichte aus Letzte Blatter, Op. 10, TrV 141: No. 3. Die Nacht (The Night)
> 6 Lieder, Op. 17, TrV 149 - 6 Lieder, Op. 17, TrV 149: No. 3. Das Geheimnis
> 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170 - 4 Lieder, Op. 27, TrV 170: No. 4. Morgen
> 3 Songs, Op. 7 (text by R. Bussine) - 3 Songs, Op. 7: No. 1. Apres un reve
> Clair de lune, Op. 46, No. 2 - Clair de lune, Op. 46, No. 2
> Les berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1 - Les berceaux, Op. 23, No. 1
> 6 Lieder, Op. 71 (text by J. von Eichendorff) - 6 Lieder, Op. 71: No. 6. Nachtlied
> 6 Gesange, Op. 19a (text by H. Heine) - 6 Gesange, Op. 19a: No. 4. Neue Liebe
> 2 Romances - 2 Romances: No. 2. Sun of the Sleepless (Schlafloser Augen Leuchte)
> 12 Gesange, Op. 8 (text by L.H.C. Holty) - 12 Gesange, Op. 8: No. 8. Hexenlied
> 4 melodies, Op. 8 - 4 melodies, Op. 8: No. 2. Amour d'antan
> 2 Melodies, Op. 36: No. 2. Dans la foret du charme et de l'enchantement - 2 Melodies, Op. 36: No. 2. Dans la foret du charme et de l'enchantement
> 3 Lieder, Op. 27 - 3 Lieder, Op. 27: No. 1. Les heures
> Galgenlieder - I. Mondendinge
> Galgenlieder - II. Der Hecht
> Galgenlieder - III. Die Mitternachtsmaus
> Galgenlieder - IV. Das Wasser
> Galgenlieder - V. Galgenkindes Wiegenlied
> Montparnasse, FP 127 - Montparnasse, FP 127
> Hyde Park, FP 128 - Hyde Park, FP 128
> 2 Poemes de Louis Aragon, FP 122 * - No. 1. C
> 2 Poemes de Louis Aragon, FP 122 * - No. 2. Fetes galantes
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles" - Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 1, "British Isles": No. 1. The Salley Gardens
> Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles" - Folk Song Arrangements, Vol. 3, "British Isles": No. 2. There's none to soothe
> Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements - Tom Bowling and Other Song Arrangements: No. 6. I wonder as I wander

Album Summary

>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
>Fauré, Gabriel : Apres un reve, Op. 7 no 1
>Fauré, Gabriel : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
>Fauré, Gabriel : Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 71
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 19a
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Schlafloser Augen leuchte
>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andres Maienlied ("Hexenlied"), Op. 8/8
>Chausson, Ernest : Amour d'antan, for voice & piano, Op. 8/2
>Chausson, Ernest : Dans la foret du charme et de l'enchantement, for voice & piano, Op. 36/2
>Chausson, Ernest : Lieder, Op. 27
>Bouchot, Vincent : Galgenlieder, for voice & piano
>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
>Poulenc, Francis : C ("J'ai traverse les ponts de Ce"), song for voice & piano (Poemes d'Aragon), FP 122/1
>Poulenc, Francis : Fetes galantes ("On voit des marquis sur des bicyclettes"), song for voice & piano (Poemes d'Aragon)
>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
>Britten, Benjamin : There's none to soothe (Folksongs of the British Isles, Vol. 3)
>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
Performers Composers

Notes & Reviews:

The heir to Berlioz and Wagner, an extraordinary conductor, Richard Strauss was a dramatist of the orchestra. His operas conceived with Hofmannsthal and Zweig and his symphonic poems overshadow an output of lieder that was nonetheless extremely prolific - more than two hundred in all. Although the Four Last Songs are rightly considered to be his masterpiece, the fact that he wrote songs throughout his career suggests they should be regarded as a refuge of poetic introspection.

Classic FM Magazine
Piau's exquisite voice has a limpid quality all through its range, an evennes of tone which seduces the ear and - art concealing art - she makes her performance sound as easy as breathing... Bouchot's Galgenlieder songs,m with their skewed harmonies, off-centre melodies and dark fairy-tale lyrics, are a fascinating addition to the repertoire too, and Manoff's accompanying is a treat.

International Record Review
Surrender to Piau's gifts as a singer, the purity of her tone, with that light silvery quality that we should associate with the best of the French style, and the effortless, so it seems, spinning of a seamless legato... Everything is grist to her mill, it seems, even Britten's most English songs that she delivers with immaculate diction while sounding completely at home in a second language... this is a sophisticated and a fine artist at work.

BBC Music Magazine
This celebration of dreams and childhood is, on the purely sensuous level, an unending delight. Piau's sweet, unforced tone, her bright top notes perfectly integrated with her medium and exemplary diction combine to make this in many ways yet another exmaple of how well Baroque vocal technique translates into the later song repertoire.

The Independent
It's a journey whose darkest depths are reached by Vincent Bouchot's use of Morgenstern's Galgenlieder (Gallow Songs), in which are encountered more surreal images - notably the inhabitants of the moon depicted "show[ing] their teeth to the sulphurous hyena" in "Moonthings".

The Guardian
There's exquisite playing from Susan Manoff, and no mistaking the beauty of Piau's voice, or her hypnotic way with words. This is singing that sends shivers down your spine.

Gramophone Magazine
Piau brings her limpid tone, refined phrasing and easy, silvery top notes to this eclectic programme, built around the themes of night, dreams and the fantastic... With virtually accent-free English, Piau gives true and touching performances of three Britten folksong arrangements.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: MC2, Grenoble, France (06/2010).



Reviews

In the beginning is the night
Sandrine Piau's new collection of songs on Naive, entitled "Aprs un rve", gathers a fascinating group of pieces by a wide range of composers that all share the subjects of dreams, sleeping, and waking. "In the beginning is the night," Piau says in the introductory note included in the uncommonly full and interesting liner notes, "the cradle of our childhood terrors, peopled with creatures as fearsome as they are fascinating..."

With more than capable support from pianist Susan Manoff, Piau is outstanding in the French songs - Faure, Chausson, Poulenc - and more than capable in the three by Richard Strauss. The song set "Galgenlieder" by Vincent Bouchot was new to me, and certainly fit the mood set by the rest of the pieces chosen for this recital. I was especially pleased with the three folk song arrangements of Benjamin Britten which finish the disc. They add a final childish twist to a sometimes spooky and always disorienting hour of music that's beautifully presented.
Submitted on 11/10/11 by Dean Frey 
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>Strauss, Richard : Die Nacht, Op. 10 no 3
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (6), Op. 17
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1885-1887

>Strauss, Richard : Lieder (4), Op. 27
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1894

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Après un rêve, Op. 7 no 1
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1877

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Clair de lune, Op. 46 no 2
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1887

>Gabriel Fauré (1845 - 1924) : Les berceaux, Op. 23 no 1
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1879

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 71
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 10/01/1847

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Songs (6), Op. 19a
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Schlafloser Augen leuchte
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 12/31/1834

>Mendelssohn, Felix : Andres Maienlied ("Hexenlied"), Op. 8/8
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: circa 1824-1825

>Chausson, Ernest : Amour d'antan, for voice & piano, Op. 8/2
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Chausson, Ernest : Dans la forêt du charme et de l'enchantement, for voice & piano, Op. 36/2
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1898

>Chausson, Ernest : Lieder, Op. 27 :: 1. Les Heures
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1896

>Bouchot, Vincent : Galgenlieder, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Vocal

>Poulenc, Francis : Montparnasse
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1941-1945

>Poulenc, Francis : Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1945

>Poulenc, Francis : C ("J'ai traversé les ponts de Cé"), song for voice & piano (Poèmes d'Aragon), FP 122/1
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1943

>Poulenc, Francis : Fêtes galantes ("On voit des marquis sur des bicyclettes"), song for voice & piano (Poèmes d'Aragon)
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : Folksongs (7), Volume 1
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1943

>Britten, Benjamin : There's none to soothe (Folksongs of the British Isles, Vol. 3)
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: circa 1947

>Traditional, Christmas : I Wonder As I Wander (American)
  • Performers: Sandrine Piau (Soprano); Susan Manoff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 23 sec.
  • Written: by 1933