Après un Rêve

Après un Rêve

by Sandrine Piau


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Après un Rêve

French soprano Sandrine Piau has a light, silvery voice that she deploys with unmannered gracefulness and that's ideal for the gentle, nocturnal tone of the songs she selected for "Après un rêve." She made her early career in music of the Baroque and she has gone on to expand her repertoire forward into the 21st century. The purity and focus of her tone that serves so well in Baroque repertoire gives her performances of these songs, mostly post-Romantic in style, along with a few 19th century and modern selections, a penetrating clarity. Her ability to spin out seamless legato lines with broad Romantic sweep, and the sensitivity and expressiveness of her interpretations are especially evident in the three very early songs of Richard Strauss and the songs of Chausson and Fauré. Mendelssohn is rarely remembered as a song composer, but the four lieder recorded here demonstrate his gift for distinctive, memorable songs that wouldn't be mistaken for Schubert's or Schumann's. Poulenc's rambunctious "Hyde Park" and "Fêtes galantes" demonstrate Piau's nimbleness and gift for humor. His poignant wartime song, "C," is especially effective in Piau's moving performance, which manages to be both passionate and reserved. "Galgenlieder," a cycle by contemporary French composer Vincent Bouchot has an elegance and harmonic and melodic straightforwardness that make it fit well with the lyrical aesthetic of the album. Susan Manoff, Piau's frequent collaborator, plays the accompaniment with fluidity and nuanced musicality; their history together is evident in the easy give-and-take of their performances. Naïve's sound is clean, clear, and beautifully balanced. Piau may not be an international superstar, but her exemplary performances make this an album that should appeal to fans of lyrical, sumptuous vocal music.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/31/2011
Label: Naive
UPC: 0822186052501
catalogNumber: 5250
Rank: 100311


  1. Die Nacht ("Aus dem Walde tritt die Nacht"), song for voice & piano, Op. 10/3 (TrV 141/3)  (02:47)
  2. Das Geheimnis ("Du fragst mich, Mädchen"), song for voice & piano, Op. 17/3 (TrV 149/3)  (02:23)
  3. Morgen ("Und morgen wird die Sonne wieder scheinen"), song for voice & piano (or orchestra), Op. 27/4 (TrV 170/4)  (03:42)
  4. Après un rêve ("Dans un sommeil"), song for voice & piano, Op. 7/1  (02:07)
  5. Clair de lune, song for voice & piano (or orchestra) in B flat minor, Op. 46/2  (02:47)
  6. Les berceaux, song for voice & piano in B flat minor, Op. 23/1  (02:16)
  7. Nachtlied ("Vergangen ist der lichte Tag"), song for voice & piano, Op. 71/6  (02:29)
  8. Neue Liebe ("In dem Mondenschein"), song for voice & piano, Op. 19a/4  (01:56)
  9. Sun of the sleepless (Schlafloser Augen Leuchte), romance for voice & piano (Romance No. 2)  (02:14)
  10. Andres Maienlied ("Die Schwalbe fliegt"), song for voice & piano ("Hexenlied"), Op. 8/8  (02:13)
  11. Amour d'antan, for voice & piano, Op. 8/2  (02:42)
  12. Dans la forêt du charme et de l'enchantement, for voice & piano, Op. 36/2  (02:28)
  13. Lieder (3), for voice & piano, Op. 27: 1. Les Heures

    1. 1. Les Heures  (02:51)
  14. Galgenlieder, for voice & piano

    1. Mondendinge  (01:57)
    2. Der Hecht  (01:12)
    3. Die Mitternachtsmaus  (02:36)
    4. Das Wasser  (01:05)
    5. Galgenkindes Wiegenlied  (02:42)
  15. Montparnasse ("O porte de l'hôtel avec deux plantes vertes"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/1  (03:13)
  16. Hyde Park ("Les faiseurs de religion"), song for voice & piano, FP 127/2  (00:48)
  17. C ("J'ai traversé les ponts de Cé"), song for voice & piano (Poèmes d'Aragon), FP 122/1  (02:49)
  18. Fêtes galantes ("On voit des marquis sur des bicyclettes"), song for voice & piano (Poèmes d'Aragon), FP 122/2  (00:58)
  19. The Salley Gardens, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 1)  (02:23)
  20. There's None to Soothe, for voice & piano (Folk Songs, Vol. 3)  (01:27)
  21. I Wonder As I Wander (American)  (04:23)

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