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Évocation ()

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composed by Alexander von Zemlinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, Charles Koechlin, Claude Debussy, Ernest Chausson, Richard Strauss

Soprano Sandrine Piau writes in the program notes that there is no narrative or theme unifying the songs on this album, only the quality they share of being evocative of something beyond themselves. The late Romantic songs are indeed understated and suggestive rather than emphatic, many written in elegiac moods of hushed happiness or subdued yearning. The centerpiece is Richard Strauss' four song cycle, Mädchenblumen, written when the composer was 26, which provided Piau with the initial inspiration for this collection. It ...

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  1. Hébé, for voice & piano, Op. 2/6
  2. Le Charme, for voice & piano, Op. 2/2
  3. Sérénade, for voice & piano, Op. 13/2 (from 4 Mélodies)
  4. Le Colibri, for voice & piano, Op. 2/7
  5. La tempête, incidental music for solo voices & small orchestra, Op. 18
  6. Mädchenblumen, songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 22 (TrV 153)
  7. Nuit d'étoiles ("Nuit d'étoiles, sous tes voiles"), song for voice & piano, L. 2 (4)
  8. Romance ("L'âme evaporéee est souffrante"), song for voice & piano, L. 65 (79/1)
  9. Fleurs des blés ("Le long des blés que la brise fait onduler"), song for voice & piano, L. 16 (7)
  10. Zéphyr (Triolet à Phillis) ("Si j'étais le zéphyr ailé"), song for voice & piano, L. 19 (12)
  11. Liebe und Frühling, for voice & piano
  12. Das Rosenband, for voice & piano
  13. Frühlingsglaube, for chorus & strings
  14. Wandl' ich im Wald des Abends, for voice & piano
  15. Entführung, for voice & piano, Op. 27/1 (from "Songs (12)")
  16. Songs (12), for voice & piano, Op. 27: Sommer
  17. Sept Chansons pour Gladys, for soprano & piano, Op. 151
  18. Songs (4) for voice & piano, Op. 2
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Évocation
2007, Naïve

UPC: 822186050637

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