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>Cage, John : The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, for voice & closed piano
>Feldman, Morton : Only
>Eisler, Hanns : Von der Freundlichkeit der Welt, for voice & piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Ho
>     Nos. 1 & 4
>Kurtág, György : Lettre d'Epicure, for voice & percussion
>Pousseur, Henri : Mnemosyne, monody for voice or instrument
>Rzewski, Frederic : Hungry Child, for voice & percussion
>Cage, John : Experiences no 2, for voice
>Traditional, Sephardic : Work(s)
>     El Mundo Entero / Abre Tu Puerta / Bre Sarica / Que Hermoza
>Pousseur, Henri : Un jour, for voice
>Botrel, Theodore : Lustukru, for voice & percussion
>Sieczynski, Rudolf : Wien, du Stadt meiner Traume (Vienna, City of My Dreams) ("Wien, Wien, nur du allein")

Album Summary

>Cage, John : The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, for voice & closed piano
>Feldman, Morton : Only
>Eisler, Hanns : Von der Freundlichkeit der Welt, for voice & piano
>Scelsi, Giacinto : Ho
>Kurtág, György : Lettre d'Epicure, for voice & percussion
>Pousseur, Henri : Mnemosyne, monody for voice or instrument
>Rzewski, Frederic : Hungry Child, for voice & percussion
>Cage, John : Experiences no 2, for voice
>Traditional, Sephardic : Work(s)
>Pousseur, Henri : Un jour, for voice
>Botrel, Theodore : Lustukru, for voice & percussion
>Sieczynski, Rudolf : Wien, du Stadt meiner Traume (Vienna, City of My Dreams) ("Wien, Wien, nur du allein")
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Notes & Reviews:

Personnel: Marianne Pousseur (vocals).

Henri Pousseur, one of the most significant avant-garde composers of the mid-20th century, left an impressive artistic progeny: composer Denis, theater director Isabelle, photographer Hélène, and singer/performance artist Marianne. Marianne Pousseur has remained as resolutely at the forefront of the cutting edge of experimental music as her father. The artist whose work hers most resembles is Cathy Berberian, another classically trained singer with a naturally gorgeous voice who moved between the worlds of opera, folk traditions, and the works of the foremost modernists of her time. Marianne Pousseur's program notes for Only open with a credo -- "I like to listen to music in places that haven't been designed for it. I like when music mixes in with noise" -- and the album is an expression of that aesthetic. The effect is entirely beguiling and even listeners who are shy of the avant-garde may be susceptible to its charms. Pousseur's voice is lovely and her delivery is natural and unmannered. The pieces are mostly simple, unaccompanied melodies, although a few also include percussion, and the album sounds exactly like what it purports to be: music performed in a variety of ambient settings that include a forest during a rainstorm, an elementary school, a train station, and a church. Pousseur's use of the varied sonic environments contributes brilliantly but subtly to the impact of the performances. Given the modernist notoriety of some of the composers, the music is surprisingly gentle and melodic; this is not the modernist vocal music of jagged leaps, extremes in range, and shrieks that tend to send traditionalists fleeing. Many of the pieces are simply songs, and the four traditional Sephardic folk songs Pousseur includes fit seamlessly into the mix. Frederic Rzewski's setting of Langston Hughes' "Hungry Child" is a real stunner: a haunting, gracefully flowing melody so sweet that its contrast with the devastating message of the poem leaves the listener chilled. The ever-astonishing György Kurtág makes atonality sound entirely natural and spontaneous in his lovely "Lettre d'Epicure," written in homage to the performer's father. Highly recommended; any fan of beautiful singing from off the beaten path is likely to find something to treasure in Pousseur's performances. ~ Stephen Eddins



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>Cage, John : The Wonderful Widow of Eighteen Springs, for voice & closed piano
  • Performers: Maxime Echardour (Percussion); Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Vocal
  • Written: 1942

>Feldman, Morton : Only
  • Performer: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1946

>Eisler, Hanns : Von der Freundlichkeit der Welt, for voice & piano
  • Performers: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano); Maxime Echardour (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Scelsi, Giacinto : Hô :: Nos. 1 & 4
  • Performer: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>György Kurtág (1926 - ) : Lettre d'Epicure, for voice & percussion
  • Performers: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano); Maxime Echardour (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Pousseur, Henri : Mnémosyne, monody for voice or instrument
  • Performer: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1968

>Rzewski, Frederic : Hungry Child, for voice & percussion
  • Performers: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano); Maxime Echardour (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 10/30/1994

>Cage, John : Experiences no 2, for voice
  • Performer: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1948

>Traditional, Sephardic : Work(s) :: El Mundo Entero / Abre Tu Puerta / Bre Sarica / Que Hermoza
  • Performers: Maxime Echardour (Percussion); Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 17 sec.

>Pousseur, Henri : Un jour, for voice
  • Performer: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Théodore Botrel : Lustukru, for voice & percussion
  • Performers: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano); Maxime Echardour (Percussion)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Sieczynski, Rudolf : Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (Vienna, City of My Dreams) ("Wien, Wien, nur du allein")
  • Performer: Marianne Pousseur (Soprano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1913