L'heure exquise

L'heure exquise

by Marie-Nicole Lemieux
     
 
What a luscious and luminous recital! Alto Marie-Nicole Lemieux's voice is lush and lovely with effortless skill combined with a full-bodied tone, and she's chosen repertoire for this program of mélodies that suits her wonderfully well. Some of the music is fairly familiar -- Debussy's "Fétes Galantes II" -- some of it is known only to French

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What a luscious and luminous recital! Alto Marie-Nicole Lemieux's voice is lush and lovely with effortless skill combined with a full-bodied tone, and she's chosen repertoire for this program of mélodies that suits her wonderfully well. Some of the music is fairly familiar -- Debussy's "Fétes Galantes II" -- some of it is known only to French aficionados -- the chansons of Hahn and Chausson -- and some of it is frankly obscure -- Enescu's "Sept chansons de Clément Marot" -- but Lemieux sings all of it with such transparent technique, such translucent tone, and such transforming intensity that the final result is transporting. A cad might point out that Lemieux's diction is sometimes a tad opaque in Hahn's settings of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Swing" or that her vibrato is perhaps a bit over wide for Debussy's setting of Paul Verlaine's "The Faun," but only a rogue could resist her enormously passionate performance of Hahn's setting of Hugo's "Since I've Pressed My Lips." Pianist Daniel Blumenthal is at once a support and a guide for Lemieux's ardent interpretations and the result is immensely compelling. Naïve's sound is close and deep.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/18/2005
Label:
Valois
UPC:
0822186050224
catalogNumber:
5022
Rank:
288916

Tracks

  1. Chansons (7) de Clément Marot, for voice & piano, Op. 15  - George Enescu  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  2. D'une prison, for voice and piano (from "Melodies, Book I")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  3. L'Heure exquise (No. 5 from Chansons grises), for voice & piano  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  4. Fêtes galantes (text by Verlaine), for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  5. L'Albatros, song for voice & piano  - Ernest Chausson  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  6. Poèmes (2) de Verlaine, songs for voice & piano, Op. 34: Le Chevalier Malheur, no. 2  - Ernest Chausson  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  7. Mélodies (4), for voice & piano, ("Apaisement"), Op. 13/1  - Ernest Chausson  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  8. Poèmes (2) de Verlaine, songs for voice & piano, Op. 34: La chanson bien douce, no. 1  - Ernest Chausson  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  9. Offrande, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  10. A Chloris, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  11. Petites chansons (5) (Little English Songs), song cycle for voice & piano  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  12. Fêtes galantes (3), song cycle for voice & piano, Set II, L. 104  - Claude Debussy  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  13. Puisque j'ai mis ma lèvre, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  14. Trois jours de vendange, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book I")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin
  15. Quand la nuit n'est pas étoilée, for voice & piano (from "Melodies, Book II")  - Reynaldo Hahn  - Daniel Blumenthal  - Marie-Nicole Lemieux  - Didier Martin

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