Saint-Saens - Melodies with Orchestra | Alpha ALPHA273

Saint-Saens - Melodies with Orchestra

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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA273

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Vocal/Choral

Release Date: 24th February 2017

Contents

Artists

Yann Beuron (tenor)
Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

Conductor

Markus Poschner

Works

Saint-Saens, Camille

Aimons-nous et dormons
Angelus
Danse macabre (song)
Desir d'amour
Extase
L'attente
L'enlevement
La cloche
La feuille de peuplier
Le Pas d'armes du Roi Jean
Les cloches de la mer
Les fees
Melodies persanes, op.26
» no.1 La brise
» no.2 La splendeur vide
» no.5 Au cimetiere
Papillons
Plainte
Reverie
Souvenances

Artists

Yann Beuron (tenor)
Tassis Christoyannis (baritone)
Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana

Conductor

Markus Poschner

About

Although the turn of the twentieth century marked the golden age of French song, the genre was generally accompanied on the piano and only rarely orchestrated by its composers. But Camille Saint-Saëns, a great lover of poetry, was also a champion of the orchestrated mélodie and the French colouristic style. He also wanted to counterbalance the overwhelming popularity of operatic arias in concert programmes. An immense admirer of Victor Hugo, Saint-Saëns set many of his poems to music, including L’Enlèvement, Rêverie, and Le Pas d’armes du Roi Jean, regarded as one of his masterpieces. Exoticism and a certain sense of the supernatural run through such songs as Danse macabre, one of the most popular pieces of classical music, but always heard nowadays either in its version for orchestra alone or performed by a singer with piano accompaniment. Of the twenty-five mélodies with orchestra listed in the catalogue of Saint-Saëns, nineteen are recorded here, all of them for the first time! With interpreters of the calibre of Yann Beuron and Tassis Christoyannis, the words are perfectly served here and the composer’s colouristic talents heard from the very first bars. This disc is a genuine event that enables us to rediscover a whole segment of the history of vocal music, a renaissance made possible by the Fondation Bru Zane.

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