Poèmes de l'Amour

Poèmes de l'Amour

by Susan Graham
     
 

Sometimes the combination of artist and repertoire is so alluring that a disc simply recommends itself. That's certainly the case whenever mezzo-soprano Susan Graham turns to French music: Her recordings of Berlioz, Reynaldo Hahn, and French operetta arias have set high expectations, and this disc raises the…  See more details below

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Sometimes the combination of artist and repertoire is so alluring that a disc simply recommends itself. That's certainly the case whenever mezzo-soprano Susan Graham turns to French music: Her recordings of Berlioz, Reynaldo Hahn, and French operetta arias have set high expectations, and this disc raises the bar higher still. After hearing Graham sing Ernest Chausson's luxuriously romantic Poème de l'amour et de la mer (Poem of Love and the Sea), it's hard to imagine wanting to hear any other voice in this music. Not only do her creamy tones fit Chausson's melodies like a glove, but her interpretation also reveals the emotional depth of the work with more insight than most other singers have achieved, rivaling Dame Janet Baker's classic recording as a top recommendation. To follow the Chausson with Maurice Ravel's Shéhérazade is almost to risk an overload of musical sensuality, but Graham is prepared to seduce the listener all over again; rarely has the mysterious aura of these songs been communicated with such sheer vocal beauty, and the BBC Symphony under Yan Pascal Tortelier provide their share of voluptuous sound as well. The novelty on this program is Le Livre de Baudelaire (The Book of Baudelaire), a new orchestration by John Adams of four of Claude Debussy's settings of poems by Charles Baudelaire. It's a wonderful addition to the orchestral song repertoire, with Adams refracting the original piano accompaniments through a shimmering and subtly nuanced instrumental palette that is worthy of Debussy himself. It's worth acquiring this disc just to hear these dreamy arrangements, but the whole recital matches gorgeous music with transfixing performances in precisely the equation that always makes Susan Graham's recordings so special.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone
[June 2005 CD of the Month] This is a gorgeous disc of two favourites and a clutch of delicious novelties.... Chausson's work receives the performance some of us have only dreamed of [and] Graham's version of Ravel's Schéhérazade...is similary rewarding.
Classic FM Magazine - Jessica Duchen
Graham sings with a rounded, clear, open tone that can soar in unbridled ecstasy while always remaining precise and well defined. The orchestral accompaniment is warm and sympathetic.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
0825646193820
catalogNumber:
61938

Tracks

  1. Poème de l'amour et de la mer, for voice & orchestra, Op. 19  - Ernest Chausson  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Maurice Boucher  - Susan Graham  - Yan Pascal Tortelier  - Sibylle Voss
  2. Shéhérazade, poems (3) for soprano (or tenor) & orchestra (or piano)  - Maurice Ravel  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Susan Graham  - Yan Pascal Tortelier  - Gerd Uekermann
  3. Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 1. Le Balcon  - Claude Debussy  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Baudelaire  - Susan Graham  - Anne Schneider  - Yan Pascal Tortelier  - Susannah Howe
  4. Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 2. Harmonie du soir  - Claude Debussy  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Baudelaire  - Susan Graham  - Anne Schneider  - Yan Pascal Tortelier  - Susannah Howe
  5. Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 3. Le Jet d'eau  - Claude Debussy  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Baudelaire  - Susan Graham  - Anne Schneider  - Yan Pascal Tortelier  - Susannah Howe
  6. Poèmes (5) de Baudelaire, song collection for voice & piano, L. 64: 4. Recueillement  - Claude Debussy  -  BBC Symphony Orchestra  - Charles Baudelaire  - Susan Graham  - Anne Schneider  - Yan Pascal Tortelier  - Susannah Howe

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