Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne

Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne

by Véronique Gens
     
 

Once you accept the fundamental premise -- Joseph Canteloube's "Chants d'Auvergne" are gussied-up folk songs -- they become the cutest little things in the world. Of course, not everybody can accept the premise since it involves accepting, first, that the folk song is a legitimate vehicle for high culture, and second, that a little sentimentality never hurt anybody.… See more details below

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Once you accept the fundamental premise -- Joseph Canteloube's "Chants d'Auvergne" are gussied-up folk songs -- they become the cutest little things in the world. Of course, not everybody can accept the premise since it involves accepting, first, that the folk song is a legitimate vehicle for high culture, and second, that a little sentimentality never hurt anybody. For listeners for whom Schubert's lieder are the only possible songs, Canteloube's "Chants" will seem far too close to kitsch for aesthetic comfort. But listeners who can accept the artless beauty of the tunes and the warm orchestral syrup in which they are encased, Canteloube's "Chants" are just the thing when Puccini's "Madame Butterfly" becomes too much. There have been many terrific recordings of Canteloube's "Chants d'Auvergne" over the years, but this recording by soprano Véronique Gens accompanied by Jean-Claude Casadesus leading the Orchestre National de Lille can takes its place among the best. With many impressive recordings of repertoire from Rameau through Mozart to her credit, Gens may at first seem an unlikely choice for performing gussied-up folk songs, but her darkly lustrous and deep-chested tone, along with her birth in the Auvergne region make, her a natural for the part. And indeed, while one can tell immediately that the singer is Gens, one never gets the sense that she's condescending to the repertoire, but rather doing exactly the repertoire she wants to do and enjoying herself completely while doing it. Casadesus is a faithful accompanist, but this is emphatically Gens' show and, for those who can accept the fundamental premise, pure pleasure. Naxos' sound is rich, deep, warm, and round.

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Editorial Reviews

Fanfare - Barry Brenesal
Gens and Casadesus bring a bracing freshness to a selection of these classicized folk songs. All too many recordings luxuriate in sheer sound, or over-characterize individual songs; this team does neither. Theirs is an energized reading that presents Canteloube’s pieces without any sentimental or humorous overlay.... It’s one of the better and more distinctive versions to appear in some time.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/22/2005
Label:
Naxos
UPC:
0747313249121
catalogNumber:
8557491
Rank:
297927

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Tracks

  1. La Pastoura al Camps (La begère aux champs), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 1)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  2. Pastorale (Baïlero, lero, lero), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, No. 5)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  3. Trois Bourrées, folksongs for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 1, No. 3)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  4. Pastourelle (E passo dé dossaï; Ah! viens près de moi), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 1)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  5. L'Antouèno (L'Antoine), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  6. Deux Bourrées, folksongs for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 5)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  7. La Delaissado (La délaissée), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 2, No. 4)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  8. Passo pel prat (Viens par le pré), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  9. Lou Boussu (Le bossu), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 3)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  10. Brezairola (Berceuse), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 4)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  11. Malurous qu'o uno fenno, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 3, No. 5)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  12. Jou l'Pount D'o Mirabel (Au pont de Mirabel), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, No. 1)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  13. Oï Ayaï (Oh! yayaï), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  14. Lou Coucut (Le coucou), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 4, No. 6)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  15. Quan z'eyro petitoune (Quand j'étais petite), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 5, No. 2)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  16. La-Haut, sur le Rocher, folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 5, No. 3)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  17. Uno jionto Postouro (Une jolie bergère; Regret), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 5, No. 7)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille
  18. Lou diziou bé (On dirait bien), folksong for voice & orchestra (Chants d'Auvergne, Series 5, No. 8)  - Joseph Canteloube  - Jean-Claude Casadesus  - Véronique Gens  -  L'Orchestre National de Lille

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