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Songs (Hyperion Audio CD)

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Department: CDs - Save up to 15% - Classical CDs: Vocal, Choral & Opera

Publisher: Select Music

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The award-winning partnership of Gerald Finley and Julius Drake continue their musical explorations with this beautiful and thought-provoking disc. Gerald Finley’s lustrous tones, extraordinary gift for characterisation, and direct, unaffected utterance make him an ideal and revelatory performer of Ravel’s songs.

These works, somewhat under-appreciated in the composer’s oeuvre, demonstrate the endless variety and vast emotional scope of Ravel’s musical sphere. Charming folk-song settings contrast with the almost surrealist world of Histoires naturelles, which caused outrage at its first performance. Yet this cycle contains some of Ravel’s most dreamily
beautiful music: the still, crystalline ‘music of silence’ created in Le martin-pêcheur. In the words of Roger Nichols, who provides the fascinating booklet notes, ‘From the sepulchral gloom of Un grand sommeil noir to the final exclamation ‘Je
bois / À la joie’ …, Ravel’s songs embrace a whole world’.

Contents and Reviews


Histoires naturelles 1 Le paon [5'09] 2 Le grillon [3'32] 3 Le cygne [3'24] 4 Le martin-pêcheur [3'30] 5 La pintade [3'33] 6 Ronsard à son âme [2'46] Don Quichotte à Dulcinée 7 Chanson romanesque [2'09] 8 Chanson épique [2'47] 9 Chanson à boire [1'58] 10 Un grand sommeil noir [4'47] 11 Les grands vents venus d’outremer [2'06] 12 Sur l’herbe [2'16] Chants populaires 13 Chanson française [2'08] 14 Chanson italienne [1'24] 15 Chanson hébraïque [5'04] 16 Chanson écossaise [3'14] 17 Noël des jouets [3'15] Deux épigrammes de Clément Marot 18 D’Anne qui m’a jecta de la neige [2'50] 19 D’Anne jouant de l’espinette [1'44] Cinq mélodies populaires grecques 20 Le réveil de la mariée [1'25] 21 Là-bas, vers l’église [1'41] 22 Quel galant m’est comparable? [0'55] 23 Chanson des cueilleuses de lentisques [2'42] 24 Tout gai! [0'56] Deux mélodies hébraïques 25 Kaddisch [4'27] 26 L’énigme éternelle [1'42]