Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne

Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne

by Véronique Gens

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Canteloube: Chants d'Auvergne

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/22/2005
Label: Naxos
UPC: 0747313249121
catalogNumber: 8557491
Rank: 137286

Tracks

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

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