Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4: Dans un parfum de roses

Fauré: The Complete Songs, Vol. 4: Dans un parfum de roses

by Graham Johnson
     
 

Okay, so, no, the Hyperion French Song edition's four-volume survey of the complete songs of Fauré won't replace EMI's complete edition. But then, how could it? Featuring the ethereal Elly Ameling and the heroic Gérard Souzay along with stalwart accompanist Dalton Baldwin, the set was in its time and remains for all time the gold standard ofSee more details below

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Okay, so, no, the Hyperion French Song edition's four-volume survey of the complete songs of Fauré won't replace EMI's complete edition. But then, how could it? Featuring the ethereal Elly Ameling and the heroic Gérard Souzay along with stalwart accompanist Dalton Baldwin, the set was in its time and remains for all time the gold standard of postwar Fauré singing. That said, yes, even though it won't replace the gold standard, volume four of the complete Fauré on Hyperion has many merits and deserves to be heard by anyone who loves the music. First among its merits is the rich and soulful voice of soprano Jennifer Smith in the opening "Le papillion et la fleur" and again in the closing "La chanson d'Eve." Second are the three brief but lovely appearances by soprano Felicity Lott, especially her achingly beautiful "Le parfum impérissable." Third are the sensitive and subdued accompaniments of Graham Johnson, the skillful pianist who found a steady gig recording the collected songs of just about everybody for Hyperion. Less compelling is light-voiced baritone Stephen Varcoe in "Nocturne" and thin-toned Jean-Paul Fouchécourt in "Aubade." Although those who already have the Ameling/Souzay/Baldwin recordings might not be tempted to turn to these recordings as a first choice, they will be gratified and satisfied if and when they do hear it. Hyperion's sound is clear, close, and warm.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/13/2005
Label:
Hyperion Uk
UPC:
0034571173368
catalogNumber:
67336
Rank:
302738

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  1. Le Papillon et la Fleur, song for voice & piano in C Major, Op. 1/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Victor Hugo  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Jennifer Smith  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  2. Rêve D'Amour ("S'il est in charmant gazon"), song for voice & piano in E flat Major, Op. 5/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Victor Hugo  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Geraldine McGreevy  - Charles van Lerberghe
  3. Dans les ruines d'une abbaye, song for voice & piano in A major, Op. 2/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  - Victor Hugo  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  4. L'aurore, song for voice & piano in A flat major, Op. posth.  - Gabriel Fauré  - Victor Hugo  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Geraldine McGreevy  - Charles van Lerberghe
  5. La Rançon, song for voice & piano in C Minor, Op. 8/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Charles Baudelaire  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Stephen Varcoe  - Charles van Lerberghe
  6. Aubade, song for voice & piano in F, Op. 6/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Louis Pommey  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  7. Ici-Bas!, song for voice & piano in F sharp Minor, Op. 8/3  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - René-François-Armand Sully-Prudhomme  - Richard Stokes  - Geraldine McGreevy  - Charles van Lerberghe
  8. Aurore, song for voice & piano in G major, Op. 39/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Richard Stokes  - Stephen Varcoe  - Charles van Lerberghe
  9. Le Pays des Rêves, for voice & piano in A flat Major, Op. 39/3  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Richard Stokes  - Geraldine McGreevy  - Charles van Lerberghe
  10. Les Roses d'Ispahan for voice & piano (or orchestra) in D Major, Op. 39/4  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Felicity Lott  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  11. Nocturne, song for voice & piano in E flat Major, Op. 43/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Villiers de L'Isle Adam  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Stephen Varcoe  - Charles van Lerberghe
  12. La Rose, song for voice & piano in F Major, Op. 51/4  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Felicity Lott  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  13. Soir, song for voice & piano in D flat major, Op. 83/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Jean-Paul Fouchécourt  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Albert Samain  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  14. Le Parfum impérissable, song for voice & piano in E Major, Op. 76/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Charles Marie Leconte de Lisle  - Felicity Lott  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  15. Arpège, song for voice & piano in E minor, Op. 76/2  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Felicity Lott  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Albert Samain  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe
  16. Pelléas et Mélisande, incidental music and suite for orchestra, Op. 80: Mélisande's song  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Felicity Lott  - J.W. Mackail  - Maurice Maeterlinck  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry
  17. Le Plus Doux Chemin, for voice & piano in F minor ("madrigal"), Op. 87/1  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Paul Armand Silvestre  - Richard Stokes  - Stephen Varcoe  - Charles van Lerberghe
  18. Vocalise-étude, song for voice & piano in E minor  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Geraldine McGreevy
  19. La chanson d'Eve, song cycle (10) for voice & piano, Op. 95  - Gabriel Fauré  - Graham Johnson  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Charles van Lerberghe  - Edward Perry  - Simon Perry  - Jennifer Smith  - Richard Stokes  - Charles van Lerberghe

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